Anders and I both slept very well last night and awoke feely remarkably refreshed, especially given the long travel of yesterday. We met Brent for a delightful breakfast at the Yak and Yeti (YNY) this morning and then repaired to our room for the standard gear check. We passed (no surprise there) and then organized into 4 groups of stuff: 1. bags that will get shipped off to Everest Base Camp (EBC) today at 4pm local; 2. a bag that the Yaks will carry along with us on our 10 day trek to EBC; 3. stuff we will carry on our backs when we start the trek on the 4th; and finally, 4. stuff we will wear and then leave here in Kathmandu. It was the usual organized chaos in our room as we sorted through stuff:
Here's Anders rocking his new Madison Mountaineering Everest 2017 puffy that Brent gave him:
We then headed out and did a mini-exploration of the local environs. Here the chaos is decidedly not organized. We grabbed some Pizza and H2O at a place called the "Fire and Ice" and then loaded up our Nepalese Sim cards and did a few other odds and ends around town. It really is a remarkable place--in addition to being chaotic, its very, very crowded, dusty, and down right crazy! It was also quite warm and we walked around in t-shirts and shorts:
Brent wanted us to buy some local "Everest Hard Wear" wind shirts, which we each did for $15. Here we are walking down this unmarked alley way to the "factory outlet" where they make them:
We're back at the YNY now and getting ready to send most of our stuff up the mountain.
We're off to a good start!
This really is a remarkable experience so far.....