Saturday, April 19, 2008
News from Barbara
Since my last posting I have climbed Kalapatar, visited Everest base camp and climbed to 5700 meters on Island Peak. Regrettably, I tore my Achillies tendon the day before and some of my calf muscle so even though I was feeling strong I decided to opt out of the final ascent which was quite technical. This was a good decision since my leg progressively got worse over the next few days. I left the main group I had been with since arriving in the Khumbu Valley and hiked on my own with my porter to Pheriche to meet up with the family. It took me 2 days to hike to Pheriche which should have been only 4 hours. I checked with a doctor at a clinic in Pheriche who informed me I could hike down myself if I took my time and taped the ankle well. I am now in Namche and heading off to Lukla tomorrow. Wish me luck.