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April 17, 2012
HIKED EVEREST yesterday. Set out with some Germans and Norwegians Id met in Thamel. Did the whole Monkey Temple/Durbar Square/refugee carpet center thing, and I told a few jokes I know in German. (Big laughs!) Then we flew to Lukla, loaded the yaks, filed down through terraced hillsides and along stone fences to the Dudh Kosi River, crossed the suspension bridge and made camp near Phakding.

While the others washed clothes, checked out their gear, etc., I jogged on up to the peak. Spectacular view. Then down to base to say goodbye, and off to battle Doctor Colossus.