The past few days have seen their ups and downs. The up side: a few days ago, we hiked to the top of the true Gokyo Ri via a lesser known route — more of a scrambling/climbing route than a hike up that trekkers usually take. It was very steep and loose. It literally took my breath away! The views from the top were absolutely stunning! We had a beautiful wind-free day at 18,000 ft. We took lots of pictures and the last bits of filming were done here. By far, my favorite day of the expedition.
The down side: my time-lapse cameras from last summer caused quite a stir here, when a reporter filmed them a few weeks ago and claimed they were Chinese spy cameras. I was only able to recover one of them (out of three). The data loss is a loss not only to me, but to the community as well, so I hope I can recover them. I am down at Namche now, where I spoke with the National Park Service, to smooth things over. In addition, I just visited the World’s Highest Dental Clinic to fix a crown. What a cool place! I was proud to be able to support, in a small financial way, what they are doing for the locals here. Now, my plan is to hire a horse back up to the glacier, so that I can save my strength a bit for the weeks ahead.