January 26th, 2012 | Comments Off on LOSAR, Basic Student’s Exam and Graduation

Jan 24th was Losar.  Not the famous ice route just outside of Namche that I had intended on climbing, but can’t because of my elbow – rather the celebration of the Nepalise New Year (I think).  We had cake and drinks, and the lads put on quite the dance display…

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January 24th, 2012 | Comments Off on Basic Class is Under Way

Still in women’s long underwear, I was up early for the first of many hikes down the hill from Phortse, across the river, then up the hill on the other side to the ice climbs.  One thing about Nepal, there’s lots of up and downs.  Just like when my dad walked up hill both ways to and from school when he was a kid – that’s what it was like based out of Phortse – a big up to get to the ice in the morning, and a big up to get back to the village at the end of the day.  At least it was a good way to try to stay warm.  It’s cold in the Himalayas in January – who knew?

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