It comes with the territory for me. Everyone knows I had a bit in 2011 following my summit of Muztah Ata. So predisposition to the mountaineers disease is a recurring possibility. As I descended from Everest’s summit last week, my toes on the right foot developed a familiar throbbing. Getting off Sagarmatha was a priority on multiple levels.
First degree is the least serious level. It is uncomfortable and after they were rewarmed at the hospital, the sensation was intense and remains so today. I can look forward to a couple of weeks worth of discomfort, but no losses, according to the staff at Ciwec Hospital. I go back for a follow up tomorrow.
Obviously we are still in Kathmandu, our baggage, not. Everest really doesn’t want to let any parts of us depart for home. While we wait for our things and, most importantly, my Sherpa, Ang Dawa, I want to share a summit shot with my Nepali brother.