The Khumbu Miss List

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.

A Travel Journal of sorts

A Travel Journal of sorts

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.

Glen with his go-go-gadget cap

Glen with his go-go-gadget cap

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?

Tea time in a tea house on the Khumbu Trail

Tea time in a tea house on the Khumbu Trail. Tea was also delivered to trekkers in their rooms or tents each morning on the trail.

Okay!!! Phula style

Phula Sherpa, also Ace Photographer

Phula Sherpa, also Ace Photographer

Garlic soup?

12-year-old-boy Humor is under-rated and key to daily laughter

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Caption unnecessary

Khumbu Icefall

Khumbu Icefall

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The kind, smiling, affectionate, hardworking, beautiful Nepali people

At Kunde Hospital in Khumjung

At Kunde Hospital in Khumjung

Beloved Sherpa guides

Beloved Sherpa guides

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Khumbu puppies

Khumbu Mountain Puppy. I'm not sure how he didn't wind up in my backpack trekking home.

Khumbu Mountain Puppy. I’m not sure how he didn’t wind up in my backpack trekking home.

Himalayan mountains

Photo by Jim Schultz

Photo by Jim Schultz

Amadibdab / Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam “Mother’s Necklace” – Matterhorn of the Himalaya. Fave mountain

Pyramids, handstands & cartwheels

On an acclimatization hike above Namche

On an acclimatization hike above Namche

Cartwheeling above Namche

Cartwheeling above Namche

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Pranav’s Quiet Dry HumorIMG_2107

Clay contradictory Morris

Signed with love and respect

Signed with love and respect

Khumbu Lyft - before it's time.

Khumbu Lyft – before it’s time.

Running into the same trekkers throughout the Khumbu – old friends by the end

UK Firefighter trekking about

UK Firefighter trekking about

Hot orange tang

Big Everest beer

Trek Finale beer in Lukla 9,300 + ft

Trek Finale beer in Lukla 9,300 + ft

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Pasang’s happy confident smile

Pasang Sherpa

Pasang Sherpa

Chung N’uri’s smile

Sherpa tea and digestif biscuits after Kalapatthar, approaching base camp

Happy campers 45 minutes from EBC

Happy campers 45 minutes from EBC

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

Milky Way over the Himalaya

Milky Way over the Himalaya

Non-drunk table games in Lobuche

Keeping warm and sharp in Lobuche

Keeping warm and sharp in Lobuche

Trekking every day

Another gorgeous day in the Khumbu

Another gorgeous day in the Khumbu

Jonh’s perseverence

Being around 11-20 fun interesting people I like on a daily basis – pricelessIMG_3867

Laughing

“bistaari, bistaari”

Glen’s positive attitude 24-7. I hope I can access the “Glenergy” daily.

Captain Positive Outlook

Captain Positive Outlook

Laura’s intensity and passion for her work – inspiring!

Chris & Laura’s amazing grown up father daughter relationship that is sometimes hysterically paradoxical.

Clay photobombs father daughter moment in Lobuche

Clay photobombs father daughter moment in Lobuche

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Scottish accents

Kirsty’s dry sweet almost nun-like wit that can get super dirty

The one and only Kirsty

The one and only Kirsty

Deja’s awesome eyes

Jim’s kindness – the trekking soulmate everyone wants on their journey

 

Nepal Post-Earthquake

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.

The Wilderness

Want to get out there and learn some Wilderness Medicine? Here are the 2015-2016 WMS Adventure CME opportunities. Happy Trails and namaste!

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