Episode 016: Puja Party and More Packing

Party Over Here. With our Everest puja concluded, we finished things off with a party the likes of which I’d never seen before. Really, I’m no stranger to the occasional rager, but we really kicked it Tibetan style on this one. Immediately after the puja finished, the Sherpa guys brought out a few trays of food and several bottles of Chivas Regal that were sitting next to the monks throughout the ceremony. Within seconds we had a team of yak herders climbing our hillside to join in on our modest party. Our Russian friends were there as well and we exchanged cheers, first in Russian (Na zdorovje) then in Tibetan (far too complicated for me to write down in my hypoxic state.) I really don’t remember how the party ended as areas of my short term memory seem to be affected by this place, but inevitably everyone decided it was time to get back to work.

This morning the guys are busy, as usual, getting ready for “The Great Weighing” where all of the supplies to be taken up the mountain literally need to be weighed. This is all part of the process since everything will be transported up to ABC by yak. Unfortunately, the crew that has been scheduled to weigh everything is running late, and so we’re going to fall a day behind schedule. I spoke with Lhawang briefly about this and he says he’s not concerned in the least. We’ll get everything weighed tomorrow. The team will leave for ABC in just a couple of days now…

Jon Miller

Total Running Time: 20:20

Email from Major’s wife, Nancy

I finally tracked down Major last night. He had been in the hospital for 3 days and had no way of calling anyone. He did have HAPE complicated by pneumonia and is doing better now. The doctors want him to wait 2-7 days before flying, but Karma has already booked his ticket for Sat. morning. It will be sooooo good to have him home. Hope all is well with you guys and stay safe. You are a good friend and I don’t know what Major would have done without you up there. Your both in our prayers.