Shallow Breaths Above the Clouds! (Everest Pics)

Trip Start Jun 05, 2006
Trip End Jul 15, 2007

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A few thoughts on my trip to Mt. Everest and my journey to the top of the world!

So, I made it only as far as the first base camp......... But it was still really impressive to be standing at the base of the highest mountain in the world and at an altitude that most commercial airliners cruise at! It is funny how when you are standing at the base of mt. Everest at 5200 meters (17,060 feet) 8,847 meters (29,028 feet) does not seem that impressive, that is only for the few short seconds that you forget about the pressure gravity is putting on your body! The pressure on your body at 5000 plus meters in unbelievable. The best way to describe it is the same feeling you get while you are scuba diving and are unable to equalize the pressure between your ears. The simple act of walking 5 feet at that altitude makes you feel like you just ran a mile. Because of the lack of oxygen in the air at that altitude most peoples words become slurred and people start to have almost drunken mannerisms. The wind as you get closer to the mountain is unlike any wind I have ever felt before. It almost feels like a knife cutting through your body. The trip definitely gave me a new appreciation for the brave few who actually risk their lives and  make it to the summit! The whole trip up the Mt. I had continuous nose bleeds. Actually the entire time I was in Tibet I had a constant pressure on my forehead which felt like a midget was tap  dancing on it not to mention almost daily nose bleeds.  

From the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef to the Top of the World the Nomad show continues! ~Johnny No

Anyway I just wanted to post some pics. The pics where not actually taken from basecamp they were taken 8 km away from the parking lot due to the cloud cover when we were at basecamp........Hope you enjoy!

"So I'm repelling down Mount Vesuvius when suddenly I slip, and I start to fall. Just falling, ahh ahh, I'll never forget the terror. When suddenly I realize "Holy shit, Hansel, haven't you been smoking Peyote for six straight days, and couldn't some of this maybe be in your head?" ~Hansel

Facts about Everest:
Number of people to attempt to climb Mt. Everest: approximately 4,000.
Number of people to successfully climb Mt. Everest: 660.
Number of people who have died trying to climb Mt. Everest: 142.
Corpses remaining on Everest: about 120
Height: 29,028 feet, or 5 and a half miles above sea level. This is equivalent to the size of almost 20 Empire State Buildings.
Location: part of the Himalaya mountain range; straddles border of Nepal and Tibet.
Named for: Sir George Everest, a British surveyor-general of India.
The Tibetan people do not actually refer to the mountain  as Everest they call it Chomolungma which means "mother goddess of the universe" in Tibetan.
Age: approximately 60 million years old.
Countries visible from the summit: Tibet, India, and Nepal.
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