Entry #038: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (Kathmandu, Nepal)

It's the Mount Everest Base Camp Podcast spectacular! Huzzah! As you may remember, back when I trekked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, I made an multimedia entry which had a few photos and an epic two-hour-plus video, where you could see me and my disgusting hobo beard talk about and show the mountain. This is mainly because I didn't want to bring my laptop up, and it was too long and tiresome to write in a physical journal. And it worked fine - for a nine-day hike. Just about used up every free megabyte in my phone. No way I could make that stretch for an extra five days. So, I thought to eschew video. What does that leave us with? A podcast! Those are still a thing, right?

To start off, let's give some visuals. Here's a really terrible map of the trek path that was given in our information packet. It...it really gives little context, but hey, it's better than nothing.

And what of some photos from the mountain? Maybe one of me and the peak of Everest? Too bad; you want that, you should be my friend on Facebook to see all hundreds of photos when I upload them (and I actually did upload one shot of me and the peak).

Now, onto the podcast. First, a few items of note:

  • First, this is technically not a podcast. I'm not broadcasting it anywhere, I don't have any plan of scheduling others...honestly, it's just an audio journal that I'm uploading. I'm calling it a podcast because I wanna be cool, okay?!
  • Remember how my Kilimanjaro video was over two hours long? Well, I think the fact that I was not limited by space on my phone (plus having a personal solar charger) somehow made me go crazy, so I basically just kept rambling. As such, this blows the Kili video out of the water. This podcast? Over seven hours long. Ha. Haha. Hahahahahaaaaaa........
  • If the particular day you are trying to listen to is not playing properly, try refreshing the page a couple times. If that's not working, let me know which one is giving you trouble, and I'll try to fix it with whatever Internet power I have at the time.
  • Being seven hours long, I have not really gone through to edit this. (I have other things to do with my time.) Additionally, many of these were done in thin-walled tents at night time, when I didn't want to bother people, nor have them hear what I was saying (about them or otherwise). So I often was whispering under my very stuffy covers. And as such, there may be - and in fact is - a lot of me just breathing heavily.
  • In short, quality not guaranteed.
Now, I decided to keep each day's journal separate. I recorded each of these shortly before I went to bed at the campsite listed. The first nine days, we were ascending, then the last five days we descended. And on a couple days, we stayed in the same place in order to acclimatize and not get altitude sickness. And...yeah, that's enough to get you primed. Good luck getting through it all; if you listen to all seven-plus hours, you can probably appeal to Pope Francis for a canonization. Anyway, enjoy!

Day 0 - Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu 

Day 1 - Ghat Campsite

Day 2 - Monjo Campsite

Day 3 - Namche Bazaar

Day 4 - Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)

Day 5 - Deboche Campsite

Day 6 - Dingboche Campsite

Day 7 - Dingboche Campsite (Acclimatization Day)

Day 8 - Leboche Lodge

Day 9 - Gorak Shep (and Everest Base Camp)

Day 10 - Kala Patthar (And Back Down to Dingboche)

Day 11 - Back Down to Deboche

Day 12 - Back Down to Namche Bazaar

Day 13 - Back Down to Ghat

Day 14 - Back Down to Lukla (Where We Flew In)

Day 15 - Back to Kathmandu and Final Thoughts

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz........wha-?! Wassit? Oh, did you finish? Well, uh, good for you. And thanks. I hop it was even somewhat marginally enjoyable. I'm just happy it didn't take ten-and-a-half days to upload like the Kilimanjaro video did.

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