Well, I'm back in the USA! My parents picked me up in Chicago yesterday, we drove back to Sheboygan Falls and had lunch along the way, then I promptly went to bed, for about 16 hours. I didn't really get any sleep on the flights, but the good news is I think I am all caught up and will not have major jet lag the next week.
|View from Camp 3 on Lhotse Face|
|Zoomed Out View Descending the Khumbu Ice Fall|
Finally, I don't think I said anything during the expedition, but after my first rotation on the mountain I had some moderately serious blisters on my shins from my 8000 meter boots. The problem was I wore tights under my socks and they overlapped with the tongue on my boots and rubbed quite a bit. The solution was to just leave the tights unzipped on my lower shins and then just bunched up above the top of the boot. I never had a problem getting cold or anything despite how shoddy it looked when I would get dressed.
|My legs after the first rotation on the mountain.|
For the second rotation I taped my legs and for the third and fourth (my two summit pushes) I didn't need to cover up or care for my legs with anything, although I still have a faint mark on my right leg from the poor choice of layering.