Oliver St. John here, KOR collaborator, and your trusty correspondent on this mountain of an adventure. With me, I've got Wang Ping -- hopefully you know who she is -- and my brother Maximus St. John! He's also a poet, but a real avant-garde kinda poet. Most of his poems read like patent applications. We've also got our crack team of guides, Mel, DK, Gokol, and Bibek, all of whom are also real swell folks. On top of that we've got a bunch of other adventuring types traveling with us, who I'll introduce as they come up, and finally we've got a team of porters who more or less all sprint up the mountain with all our stuff as we huff and puff along several hours later, while they drink beers and smoke cigarettes. We aren't doin shit, it turns out.
So the way this first blog post is gonna go is I'm gonna start off showing you all the sweet stuff we did today. Then I'm gonna take you on a real fast whistle-stop tour of the highlights of the trip up until now.
Anywho, right now we're in Dingboche, two days away from the Mt. Everest base camp. We're taking an acclimatization day, which entails a lil walking around and a lot of napping, and a stab at trying to get the shaky, shaky Wi-Fi connection to work, which is what I'm doing right now!
This is what Dingboche looks like:
Included in this photo is a hat my mom made for me that doubles as a puppet, my brother's not being ready for the photo, Dingboche in the background, and a sweet sweater. Today we woke up and set up prayer flags on the mountain on the left!
And pretty good at tying knots
In view of Mount Everest!
Anyway, that's it for now folks! Keep on keepin on.