There are Signs Everywhere Part 3 – The Namche Series

From the 2013 Travel Journal – The WMS CME Trek to Everest Base Camp

Part 3 of There Are Signs Everywhere

As luck would have it, just after Jim taught me how to get the histogram on my camera display, the Rebel T2i battery ran out, so most pics from day one were iPhone specials. They were pretty special.

Sunrise in Namche

Sunrise in Namche

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Namche Sunrise

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Namche

The day before was a rest day. We hit the Sherpa museum, got some great views of Himalayan peaks (not Mt. Everest), and we found the Nepal version of the perfect setting to sing “The Hills are Alive,” (with the sound of music, you all know I was in heaven). Instead we did cartwheels, had handstand contests, constructed a pyramid, and happened upon an ill trekker with 36 hrs of Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD) whom Suzi sorted out a bit. We used his case a a jumping off point to have our talk about TD, to be continued.

Themserku

Themserku

Cartwheeling in the Khumbu

Cartwheeling in the Khumbu

Cartwheeling above Namche

Cartwheeling above Namche

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Namce Handstand Contest 2013

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Namche Pyramid with Pasang, Nima Dorji and Chunnuri Sherpas

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Timing is everything!

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The Everest ER docs chatted up the Extreme Everest team of docs. They trek here to perform live high altitude clinical research, with tents full of equipment to push trekkers to their VO2 max, to see why some people have a higher VO2 max than others and why some people acclimatize better than others. They are the ones who published the ABG study from the base of the Hillary step in the NEJM (femoral sticks and rectal temps)! We did some obligatory tourist shopping and bargaining (not my forte).

Hiking back down into Namche Bazar

Hiking back down into Namche Bazar

On Kirsty Watson’s suggestion, we hit the bakery where we pigged out on apple everything (crisp, crumble and pie), chocolate cake, and cappuccino. We used that ideal setting to do our HAPE talk, showing pictures of awake research subjects getting bronchoscopes for the sake of altitude science.

Proper coffee in Namche

Proper coffee in Namche

Later in the evening we received a VERY LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALL. Suzi Mackenzie, Kirsty Watson, Pranav and I had a great time chatting with Dr. Chris McStay on Sirius XM Doctor Radio in NYC; it was the longest distance call-in to the show on record!

Everest ER Doc 2013 Suzi Mackenzie

Everest ER Doc 2013 Suzi Mackenzie in the Tea House

Acclimatization was the word. Namaste & hugs

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2 thoughts on “There are Signs Everywhere Part 3 – The Namche Series

  1. I seldom drop comments, but i did some searching and wound up here There are Signs Everywhere Part 3 – The
    Namche Series | Wild Medicine Girl. And
    I actually do have a couple of questions for you if
    it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it give the impression like
    a few of these comments appear like they are written by brain dead visitors?

    😛 And, if you are posting at additional social sites, I would like to keep up with everything new you
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    your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

    • Thanks for reading! At the moment, Wild Med Girl is just a blog, I have not made a facebook or twitter feed, but I will continue to update here. Some comments are from readers who have not trekked one day in their lives.

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