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Back in Kathmandu

By Dave Hahn - May 31st, 2008 8:04 am GMT -0700

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GreatOutdoors this is Dave Hahn, this morning at 4 a.m., myself and Mark Tucker and Ang Jangbu Sherpa got up in Phakding, little village down by the river, and boy, one night at that low altitude with the humidity of the river flowing by,  pretty much all the damage that was done to my throat and upper respiratory system by the oxygen bottles that we use, that really super dry oxygen breathing for three or four days, all that damage was erased and woke up without any cough or anything like that, and that was pretty nice. We started walking at 4:30, in the dark still, headed for Lukla. And at Lukla wasn't sure the airplanes would be flying, kind of cloudy, but sure enough, when we got there things did start happening. It was interesting to catch up with climbers who were there from Mount Everest. In fact, saw Peter Hillary there, he had been in Thyangboche the day before for a commemoration Sir Edmund Hillary, got to talk for him for a few minutes. And then we actually got our flight, flew to Kathmandu. So I have been feeling fairly slow all day just by virtue of not being up to speed with city ways and modern life, but trying to catch up. Got a nice straight blade shave this morning so I'm starting to look a loittle more civilized as well as feeling a little more civilized. Just enjoying the comforts here. Nicky and Greg Messner, my is hope that I'll see them tomorrow morning, they will fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu and we'll be reunited. But for the moment, boy, I'm happy myself to be back in Kathmandu, back at the Hotel Tibet, enjoying the comforts of life. Bye for now.


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