Whenever I travel, I keep a detailed itinerary on the notepad on my phone. I also use it as a place to jot down thoughts or memories from the experience. Sometimes there’s not a whole lot to write, and I delete the note at the end of the trip. But on some trips, it turns into a travel journal. And on others it just might turn into a blog post. Like it did for the series There Are Signs Everwhere.
Cleaning out my phone last week I found this note from a couple years ago. It was our last supper on the trail. Glen went around the room asking everyone what was the first food they would eat when they returned home from Nepal – a fun exercise after weeks of dal bhat.
But his question got me thinking about what I would miss from the trail once I got home and had my first bite of sushi followed by a fish taco. That night I generated this Khumbu Miss List. I still miss all these things, but more than missing, reading this last week (while sitting in an airport), put an enormous smile on my face. I’ve supplemented the list with photos because in my world, a picture says a thousand words.
The Khumbu Miss List
4/14/2013 – What I will miss & hope to remember always:
Wake-up tea – Milk tea or Black tea?
Okay!!! Phula style
12-year-old-boy Humor is under-rated and key to daily laughter
The kind, smiling, affectionate, hardworking, beautiful Nepali people
Amadibdab / Ama Dablam
Pyramids, handstands & cartwheels
Clay contradictory Morris
Running into the same trekkers throughout the Khumbu – old friends by the end
Hot orange tang
Big Everest beer
Pasang’s happy confident smile
Chung N’uri’s smile
Sherpa tea and digestif biscuits after Kalapatthar, approaching base camp
Sun-drenched tent nap at Everest Base Camp
Jim taking photos with my camera and tripod because my fingers were cold to do the job
Non-drunk table games in Lobuche
Trekking every day
Glen’s positive attitude 24-7. I hope I can access the “Glenergy” daily.
Laura’s intensity and passion for her work – inspiring!
Chris & Laura’s amazing grown up father daughter relationship that is sometimes hysterically paradoxical.
Kirsty’s dry sweet almost nun-like wit that can get super dirty
Deja’s awesome eyes
Jim’s kindness – the trekking soulmate everyone wants on their journey
The trail to Everest Base Camp is intact, but much of Nepal has an uphill climb to recover from the earthquake in April. This prior post about the Nepal earthquake lists organizations that are helping to rebuild Nepal. Recently the Everest ER docs who managed the patients at Base Camp immediately post-Avalanche, induced by the Earthquake in April, Meg Walmsley and Rachel Tullet spoke at the WMS Annual Summer meeting – recap available at Wilderness Medicine Magazine. WMS members can access a video of their talk recounting the Everest ER response to the avalanche. While Everest summit bids from Nepal for 2016 still hold many questions for climbers, trekking in the Khumbu region is expected to resume in the coming season.
Want to get out there and learn some Wilderness Medicine? Here are the 2015-2016 WMS Adventure CME opportunities. Happy Trails and namaste!