AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness
HACE – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
The briefing was in progress. The dal bhat (lentil soup with rice) routine (for every meal) including for the dinner was over. The group was sipping hot ginger lemon honey tea rather quietly. The mood…
Phaedrus, why do you climb mountains?
I am tempted to reply with Bear Grylls’ (of Man vs. Wild TV series fame) response to a similar question – “if you ask this question, you will not understand.”
However, I keep mum and ponder.
Do I really have the answer or reasons?
Incessant snowing in the last four hours. Climbing alone in this knee deep snow with 75 degree incline all the way to the distant peak. Heavy load on my back. Worsening weather.
Perils of a lone trekker? Maybe.
For me this is what really happened (well almost)…
Day 1: 10th April 2012: Delhi…