A new week brings a new episode of The Rest of Everest, which continues to give us an unprecedented look at what it is like to hike the Khumbu Valley all the way up to Everest Base Camp. Something I’m hoping to experience myself in less than a month’s time. 🙂
We’re up to Episode 134 cleverly titled Shhh…It Happens At Base Camp, and we rejoin Jon Miller and the other trekkers at BC. The episode opens with Jon and John still in the tent, where we get a lesson in pharmacology. The amount of prescription drugs that they’re using to stay healthy, and ahead of the altitude sickness, is unbelievable, and an eye opener.
Once they head outside though, the views are once again spectacular, and on that day there were climbers setting out on their summit bids, which made it even more exciting. There were teams heading through the Khumbu Icefall, and watching them as they make their way up the mountain is great to watch. Much of the time they are tiny little dots moving against the white snow, but when zoomed in, you can make out the details of the climbers going about their business. It really gives you a sense of scale of the mountain.
And once again showing us why there is no other show that gives you the complete look at Everest, we also get a FULL tour of the bathroom facilities in base camp, something you’re not likely to see anywhere else. In accordance to Nepali rules governing Everest, all waste material has to be packed off the mountain, and that is explained as well. Not the prettiest of video, but effective to be sure.
The rest of this week’s episode offers more video in and around base camp, with impressive views of Everest looming overhead. There is also good footage on the road to Kala Patthar, which I’m sure we’ll see more of next week.
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