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Day 11. Gorakshep (September 11, 2010)

Current Position
Position Date: 2010-09-12 01:45:03
Position Lat: 27.9812
Position Long: 86.8295

I saw Mt. Everest for the first time today - a small break in the clouds and there it was tucked behind a ridge line - a triangular peak. Seemingly unimposing. Seemingly.

We had a short hike from Lobuche to Gorakshep but the sun was out and as always, it felt good to be moving. We wound our way behind the main trail and were treated to stunning views of the Khumbu glacier, Everest and even base camp.

'This is my favorite way to go.' Tshering said. 'Nobody comes this way.' Not that we have to worry much. We have seen only a few westerners in the last 10 days.

With a few base camp logistics remaining, Tshering set to overseeing the last few details. I decided I wuld try to get a little extra altitude and set off to Kala Patthar a nearby peak that tops out at 18,500'. I have ben trying to do a little 'extra' every day.

Overall, I am pleased with my acclimatization. I feel good and have not had any symptoms of altitude sickness - not even a headache. I have also been spared any intestinal problems which can often be debilitating for climbers.

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