I left off promising more climbing gear descriptions but I got bogged down in work, preparation, and recovery. Here is what is happening....
1. Getting sick again. Over the past few days, I came down with another ear/sinus infection so that I have that wonderful experience - sleeping in a hypoxic tent with a clogged head and a blasting headache. Oh the fun!
2. Climbing plans remain unsettled. We are still working on getting Brendan's Tibet visa; mine apparently has not run into any problems (I hope). Brendan works in China and apparently he must give up his Chinese work visa if he obtains his Tibet climbing visa in Kathmandu. Yeah, I know, it sounds very odd but nothing is surprising when it comes to Everest. Every little problem just costs a little extra - often US$1000 here and there to make things right. Brendan and I still have no firm plans on how to meet in Tibet before we climb. We might just end up meeting at Advanced Base Camp after about 2 weeks of climbing. I sure hope not. My preference would be to meet way earlier - perhaps in Kathmandu - and enjoy the entire experience together. Regardless, these hiccups are hardly a major concern. We just need to sort them out.
3. Recovering means NOT training. I reached a point where my body and brain said ENOUGH! My body and mind are ready to climb and more training will only serve to make me sick or lead me to lose more weight (more on that point later). I am at a perfect climbing weight (176 lbs or 80 kg) and I do not want to lose any more weight. Recovery entails weight training, running, and some additional weight training using a weight vest on the elliptical. I don't plan to workout any longer than 2 hours each day and most days will be easy - around 90 minutes. That workout time includes stretching, breathing, and warming up so don't think I am going crazy here.
4. Last second purchases are done! There are always little things that I need to purchase at the last second. The timing often is important because what I purchase expires (e.g., sunscreen) or I don't know I need it until I finalize my packing. Based upon a rather thorough gear sort, I purchased the final pieces to my entire climbing kit. I checked and re-checked all my gear to ensure it is in fully functional order. I'm ready to pack...but not so fast.
5. Communications still need to be sorted out. I plan to use a Garmin InReach for communications while we are climbing. The InReach is quite a nifty device. I can send texts and updates along with links to a map where you can locate us. The only problem with technology is that you need to set it all up at home before you depart or else it simply will not work. I think there must be some rendition of Murphy's Law that governs the operation of technology but the only way to prevent mishaps is to get things sorted out. Over the next few weeks, I plan to post several "tests" that you can either ignore or become familiar with the system while I familiarize myself with it. Every day (weather and time permitting), I plan to send a message indicating where we are and how we are doing. Usually, these will be in the form of a map link and a simple "Doing fine, will send a more elaborate update when possible" message. Expect these tests to start in the next few days.
I finally have pictures of all my gear so once I get the time I intend to piece together my gear sort - resuming with my legs and working up my body.
Thanks for following. Hope you are enjoying the beginning of a fine week. Expect another update in a few days.
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