Everest Base Camp - Day 9 Part 1 (Climbing Kala Pattar)
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The alarm sounded at 5:15 AM, but it did not wake me up. I had been awake most of the night tossing and turning restlessly, after only a few short hours of sleep from the sheer exhaustion that accompanied yesterday's nearly 10 hours of trekking. When I woke up around midnight, I never really got back to a solid sleep after that. Worse was that I was starting to set in with the Khumbu cough from the dry, dusty air I have been inhaling up here around Everest. Snuck out of the room quietly so as not to wake my roommate, Al, who was not going to make the climb to Kala Pattar.
In fact only myself, Rachel P, Chris, Mike, Dom, and David were heading across the dry lakebed of Gorek Shep with Prem, Pashan, and Naran at 5:40 AM.
But still we climbed (and rested). Mike was nearly exhausted and probably should have descended but stubbornly insisted on going forward. As we neared the top, it became a rocky scramble the last 50m or so of vertical ascent to the top at nearly 5600m (18372 ft), nearly 200m higher than Thorung La on the Annapurna Circuit.