|Cows Eating Just Outside a Grocery Store in Kathmandu|
|Is it broken?|
Finally, before I even arrived in Nepal, the first death of the Everest 2014 spring season occurred to Mingma Tenzing from a bout of HAPE. I'm pretty shocked. I mean, it seems he became sick at base camp, and that's pretty rare. Then he didn't get better in Kathmandu, which according to my altitude watch is somewhere between 4200 and 5500 feet of elevation. This guy lived at altitude. There has to be something else at play in his case… some undiscovered or misunderstood aspect of biology, or biochemistry. There you go, there are more deaths on Everest in 2014 than summits. This will be yet another year with at least one death on the mountain. I was really hoping that one of these years, like this one, there wouldn't be a death for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Once again I am the youngest, the only 27 year old or younger, on this expedition, just like I was in Pakistan. There are two other men born in 1986 on this particular expedition, both in January. Well, I have a meeting at the Ministry of Tourism for a briefing, then a meeting at the Asian Trekking headquarters, then we are off to dinner together. For now, stay safe everyone!