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"Because it's There"


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Today, the cloud ceiling was far lower than last Saturday when we flew into Tibet, and this time I specifically asked for a window seat on the starboard side of the plane. Therefore, at an altitude of about 30,000 feet, I could enjoy a clear view of the breathtaking Himalayan panorama. As the pilot bore us south to cross the mountains, I could easily see the foreboding north ridge of Everest, with Cho Oyu just behind to the west.

Then, we made a 90º turn to the right, around Lhotse and Makalu, so our new heading afforded a beautiful view of Everest's famous South Col, and the more conventional route to the summit. Beyond, I could just make out the Annapurna range, with various other Himalayan peaks in between.

I am now prepared to take up Faceman's years-old challenge to trek up to base camp. Name your time, buddy, and I'll be there.


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