April 22, 2014
Hello! I don’t know how much blogging I’ll be able to do on this trip, but I thought I’d give it a try, at least to get started. Currently I’m on a public computer in the Hong Kong Airport, waiting for a flight to Kathmandu. I’ve linked up with 5 fellow travelers from UC Davis (one of whom, John Rose, is a classmate from medical school), and we will begin trekking on Thursday heading for Everest Base Camp, if all goes according to plan. However, there was a major catastrophe last Friday, when an icefall triggered an avalanche that killed at least 13 people, most of whom were Sherpas, the legendary people who live near Everest and do almost all of the “grunt work” (marking trails and carrying most of the gear in support of climbing expeditions). They were beyond Base Camp, but the Sherpas are considering going on strike, and if they do, our little trek may not happen.
I’ll say more when I know more & will try to update from Kathmandu, where we’ll be staying in the Yak & Yeti Hotel (I love that name).
Franklin Perry, MD