I slept well after tiring myself the day before. Today we’ll have our Oxygen training class and get at least the practice ready for that opportunity which hopefully will come soon.

By 11am, Mike and Dorjee were ready to start. We all got our special set up, a big mask and the oxygen valve that would get connected to it. The theory on what we’ll be using was extremely tiring and scary. The maximum capacity we can use is about 4liters a minute of oxygen which we’ll only use during the summit push. In Camp 3 we’ll sleep with Oxygen but at a rate of 1.5Liters per minute. If we are caught on a traffic jam while on the push to the Summit, then we need to reduce to less than a liter a minute.

Trying the oxygen mask with your buff, sunglasses, goggles, and others made it too confusing as well. There was way too much information that got me dizzy. As a treat, we managed to train with a real oxygen bottle and what a difference was to have the valve at 4L a minute. Breathing fresh O2 was a nice perk for sure.

Oxygen tank and valve plus mask

Oxygen tank and valve plus mask

My new sexy profile look

My new sexy profile look

Sample of best tank position for our backpacks

Sample of best tank position for our backpacks

Oxygen Valve

Oxygen Valve

We wrapped up the class right before lunch. The plans for the rest of the afternoon would be for us to select our food for Camp 3, Camp 4 and post summit Camp 4. Due to my lovely Celiac my choices aren’t great in abundance: Boiled Rice, Mashed Potatoes and the boiled Quinoa I’ll get from Camp 2.

Putting the snacks for my summit attempt was nice. If anything labeling them and imagining that I’ll be using them was very special. The dream getting a step closer.

Snacks for the Summit Push

Snacks for the Summit Push

The weather has been tricky and by early evening we were out of electricity again.

By the time dinner arrived we got a sad update, our beloved Kitchen manager, Dendi, had to be evacuated via helicopter to Kathmandu as he possibly got a bad respiratory disease. All of us were shocked as how fast this had happened; however we were really grateful that he had the opportunity of being taken out on time. Really wishing all the best for Dendi’s recovery. Hopefully we’ll have a better update tomorrow.

Treat of the day: Putting my Summit snacks bag together – dreaming…….