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Shegar and Shewee
Today we have been having an altitude acclimatization day at 4400 meters (which is around 15,500 ft). So we went on a short walk above the ancient walled city of Shegar. I turned on the spot tracker so you may be able to follow that on the map.
We made our gradual puffing way up to the top of a rocky outcrop which was decked out in a sea of prayer flags. As we plodded up we got a distant glimpse of Mt Everest which got everyone excited.
The thing about acclimatization is that how you are feeling is always changing. One minute I was feeling great and moving strongly. The next minute I felt queasy and lurching for air. I've been learning that the important thing is to simply notice what's going on and not get too worried as there is no doubt that things will change. Come to think of it this applies across a huge range of daily issues not just at 4400 meters.
Today's big event was the inaugural use of the "shewee". This device enables me not to have to bare my buttocks when I need to pee (ok I realize that for some of you this is far too much information!). Anyway things appeared to be going swimmingly until to my horror I detected a renegade stream coming out my left trouser leg! Gravity had beaten me. All was not lost as I discovered that black trousers hide an otherwise embarrassing appearance. Back at the hotel I vowed not to give up. It is proving one of the more unusual challenges of the expedition.
Tomorrow we head to our road end base camp. So tonight we are enjoying our last shower and comfy bed for the next 4 weeks. So when you have your next shower imagine it is your last until early October and see what difference it makes!
Cheers Sarah Wilson
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 4th September, 2010 | Comments
Tags: Altitude, Adventure, Cho Oyu
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