Posted on March 30th, 2012 by sarah_hassell
Mike spoke with Dee last night briefly through their SAT phone which was struggling to stay connected. What he was able to ascertain is that they made it to the mountain hamlet of Dingboche (14,800 ft). The kids are now higher than any point in the Continental United States. Weather is clear (thank you Joel Gratz) and they now have views of the 8,000 meter giants – Everest and Lhotse. To the south is the majestic Ama Dablam and up valley, the isolated Island Peak. Since this is their first time seeing this, we are sure they feel like they’re on a different planet. Spirits are high.
Matt is still sick (fever and stomach) but is soldiering on, he says he’s improving and there are some encouraging signs. Cam has a little stomach thing going and the three girls (Kaylee, Olivia, Jordan) are 100% as are the moms (Kim and Deidra). They’re current rate of ascent is fairly fast - Mike recommended they take another day in Dingboche to rest and build some red blood cells. Next destination is over 16,000 feet.