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May 7th, 2010 – Exploring Namche Bazar – Elevation 3450m or 11,284 ft

Today was our acclimization day in Namche Bazar.  Basically the goal is to hike very high, hang out, and then climb back down and rest for the rest of the day.  Going up high gets the body to start the process.  I believe we start making more red blood cells, etc. so that the body can handle less oxygen being taken in.  We started the day with a nice café Americano at the rooftop café that overlooks the town and the mountains around us.  Below is a video to introduce the day.  If you listen carefully, you can hear the local music along with the clicking of the rock hammers from all of the builders in the area.

Basically we went up to the Hillary Museum, a small little museum in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary.  Sir Edmund was the first person to summit Mt Everest and has done some amazing things to build up the region and help the local people.  From there we climbed up the mountain that was above Namche Bazar which was approximately about 1000 ft above the town.  We needed to stay here for an hour to get our bodies to start adjusting.

We had a chance to hang out with Werner Berger, the oldest North American to summit Mt. Everest and a huge visionary for creating peace in the world.  Below is a picture of Chris, Werner, and the lead guide Kappy.

From there, we headed back down the long route to Namche Bazar.  On the way, we had a chance to check out the local airport and runway.  Imagine landing on the runway below…

Beyond that we have a nice video of Mom and Chris below to recap the day.  You can get an idea of how high we went to acclimatize.

As far as dinner goes… We’re on the high-glycemic program out here.  There were lots of potatoes, veggies, rice, and even pizza this night!  We’ll see you all on the next posting.


Prevention of Altitude Sickness

When individuals ascend from sea level, it is recommended that they spend at least one night at an intermediate altitude prior to ascending to higher elevations. In general, climbers should take at least two days to go from sea level to 8,000 feet (2,438m). After reaching that point, healthy climbers should generally allow one day for each additional 2,000 feet (610m), and one day of rest should be taken every two or three days. Should mild symptoms begin to surface, further ascent should be avoided. If the symptoms are severe, the individual should return to a lower altitude. Some reports indicate that acetazolamide (a diuretic) may be taken before ascent as a preventative measure for AMS.
Paying attention to diet can also help prevent altitude sickness. Water loss is a problem at higher altitudes, so climbers should drink ample water (enough to produce copious amounts of relatively light-colored or clear urine). Alcohol and large amounts of salt should be avoided. Eating frequent small, high-carbohydrate snacks (for example, fruits, jams and starchy foods) can help, especially in the first few days of climbing.