Watching the movie Everest so soon after blogging the highest I’ve ever been was interesting. The Everest Base Camp is about the same height that we reached then. After the movie, The Family and I had a short discussion on how it would be to walk up to that point from Namche Bazar. We agreed that it would be more tiring to walk, but the slower pace of the climb would give you more time to acclimatize.
Writing the blog post had refreshed my memory of the pounding headache I nursed at a height where the Everest climbers begin the final trek. So this was on my mind throughout the movie. Remembering how difficult it was for me at that height made me appreciate the sheer physical stress of working at altitudes where the oxygen level is so low. The heart starts working harder, fluids begin to accumulate in places they should not. This kind of stress is shown in the movie, but I might have overlooked it if I’d not faced a milder form of the same problem.