Hanging out at EBC……

Dear Family & Friends,

Why do today what can be postponed…?

Doing ones laundry is nowhere near the ‘Top 5 Things To Do when Resting at BC’ and a social visit to some of our neighbours is usually preferable.

The other day we caught up with Argentina’s favourite son, Angel E Armesto, regrettably without his trademark goatee. Despite this lack of facial hair he was in fine form and clearly enjoying his role as Everest guide for Peak Freaks. He’s currently with his group in C1 and will return to BC in a couple of days.

This morning we wandered over the moraine searching for Summit Climb and Gavin Vickers aka ‘Big Show’; not particularly hard to find we enjoyed several fun hours with him, Dan Mazur and a few of their clients, one of whom is planning to skydive from the summit of Everest (1st woman to do so!).

Of course we couldn’t refuse lunch and a polite “no thank you” was equally out of the question when Lakpa Nuru Sherpa, a friend of many years, popped in the dining tent with a bucket of his mothers home made ‘rakshi’. He claimed his sister had carried the precious liquid on her back all the way from Phakding (not far from Lukla) to EBC so all we could say was; ‘Just a small cup please Lakpa dai’.

‘Rakshi’, we think, is Nepalese for ‘headache’.

Returning to camp seemed to take longer but luckily our fellow expedition members Chris & Sharon had refreshments ready; an amazingly delicious chocolate slice cake! (half of which was already eaten…).

Another notable friend who appeared outside our camp today was Dhana Rai who’s here in his role as Liason Officer for a Japanese Lhotse expedition, camped right next door. Great to see him again and we look forward to catching up properly over the next few days.

Life is good.

Matt & Soren

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