What a spectacular day for many reasons. Today was the first day where the surrounding mountains finally said hello in the morning. I woke up at 5 a.m. to clear skies and sunshine. As I looked out my window I had a beautiful view of Ama Dablam. Alina, Greta, and Jonathan must have crossed their fingers last night and received some luck because their sunrise of Everest from Kala Patthar was a success. I was just happy to soak in the surrounding scenes before heading off on Lhotse today. Unfortunately, at 7 a.m. when I went onto Lhotse to start working misty clouds rolled on through rendering my laser range finder useless. We decided it would be best to head up to the source and hope for clearer skies along the way, which turned out to be the case. Off and on for the next 4.5 hours on Lhotse was sunshine and mist, then more sunshine and some mist – pretty unique weather up here to say the least! Fortunately, with a bit of patience and a bit of luck of my own, we were able to get it all done.
We returned to Chukung by lunch time and I'm not going to lie it felt quite good to be finished up with fieldwork. After 17 days with a single day of rest of Dingboche, I’m quite exhausted. As I walked from Chukung to Dingboche, our resting point for today, I was filled with joy. The fieldwork, while having some ups and downs, was truly a success. I had a huge smile on my face and for the first time in a while I decided to put some headphones in as I hiked. As I listened to my ipod, I sang and from time-to-time busted out a few dance moves here and there. What a wonderful day.