FedEx-pedition courier reminisces
0-3:43 a.m. EDT May 1, 2003
The latest dispatch from ExplorersWeb's expedition courier, on her way out of the Khumbu Valley:
Pheriche 4200 meters.
Today we walked 6 hours, from Gorak Shep to Pheriche.
Picture: When coming farther down the mountain you sometimes see bones from different animals. I hope there's no big snowman that eats us humans, I'd like to return home to Sweden with all my bones in my body.
When getting closer to Pheriche a smell hit me when walking. The smell was earth, wet dirt, and bushes. I haven't smelled these smells in a long time, and it was wonderful smelling them! I also saw purple flowers in the valley where we walked. Beautiful!
When we arrived I got my room, number 10, and ordered lunch after settling in. (Even though we passed lunchtime, I had to eat. 2.30 pm) I had a craving for mashed potatoes and boiled carrots, so I ordered that. After I ordered my lunch I took of my trekking-boots, for my feet were very hot. Bad thing to do, at least in the dining-room. When my feet reached normal air they started to reek, they were so hot. And the smell... oh boy it was bad. People actually started looking at me with a look like: you should put your shoes on again for it's ruining our appetite.
I miss B.C. It's really a wonderful place, I think. Here there's no gossip, I don't even have anyone to talk to, much less gossip with. And all the jokes we shared with each other. Being up at B.C more than 2 weeks makes your brain mushy, which results in better jokes! Talking to a person, that's been there for a month, is the best. I almost peed my pants because I was laughing so hard!
I think I, before going to bed tonight, will write down some of the jokes that were told up at B.C. Then when down at normal sea level I'll read them, to see if they're as funny as on B.C.
ExplorersWeb's FedEx-pedition courier left home in early April on a mission to deliver some back-up tech to teams in base camp and also volunteer with the new Base Camp Medical Clinic. This was her first time to Nepal and the Everest region. Every day throughout her journey she has posted live dispatches and pictures straight from the trail.