Climbing Into The Death Zone

Well, it was a fairly easy climb up to Camp 10. A few hard days, but overall considering, the weather has been in our favor and I am still climbing.

Eleven days ago, I entered the death zone* after 3 weeks of much needed rest lower down at base camp, it felt more like a mental break and of course a little healing time for the body. I was able to build up and heal the good cells.

Climbing in the death zone, finishing week 2 of 5, I feel my body is missing the O’s. Weaker, nausea off and on, cramping, and oh soooo tired. That is to be expected when climbing at this altitude. I am not able to take my VitC support as they say it will interfere with the climbing success, so this has recently lead to sniffles and a cold. Again, to be expected when the body is run down. The sun’s radiation hasn’t created many side effects yet, though it does make for frequent bathroom breaks. I join the others outside of our tents in the cool, crisp, thin air and try to avoid joining the poopie pants club…one does not want to unload in their climbing suit. Also, I won’t be putting sunblock up my butt to prevent the burn later;) So here’s hoping for more shade up there!

At this point, it’s vital to stay hydrated, well nourished and rested when I’m not climbing on acclimatization days. I know the days ahead will be more challenging as the air gets thinner and the route gets steeper, so I still take on this climb one-step at a time. THANK YOU MY SHERPA SUPPORT TEAM! LOVE YOU xxoo

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*When you continue climbing over 25,000ft/7,600 meters above sea level, this is called the death zone. No human / life can survive at this altitude for long due to the lack of oxygen. When you have oxygen deprivation you are vulnerable to altitude sickness, and it wears your body down. Essentially your body is beginning to die just being there.

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