Dr. Luanne Freer
is a fixture around Yellowstone and at Everest Base Camp. She spends her summers working with the medical services in Yellowstone Park but every spring heads up to 17,000 feet on Mt Everest to setup "Everest ER
", a medical clinic in a tent to serve Sherpas and climbers.
She did a ski trip in Yellowstone with my wife and some friends in early March (Luanne is in the orange jacket on the right) and, 3 weeks later, she's now on the trek up to set up at Everest Base Camp. That's her on the left of the photo below enroute to Basecamp.
Here's a post from Luanne this morning:
"Tashi Delek from Zarok, Nepal, up high over the village of Namche. Dorgi,(our trusty guide) Gary and I split off from the group today to head up - up to try to fix our ailing BGAN satellite. The BGAN is an amazing piece of equipment, about the size of a laptop computer that magically connects our laptop with a satellite in the sky and gets our photos and blogs to you back home. I have no idea how this happens, but I’m delighted that it does. HOWEVER, the Gods have not smiled on the BGAN on the trail - despite our putting our bodies in precarious spots trying to aim for the satellite, we’ve been shut down. A few years ago I earned the nickname “Begonce” (a play on Beyonce, the famous singer, because I had a special way of coaxing this ornery machine to work - I don’t have enough junk in my trunk to qualify for that nickname in any other way …)
Back to the story - we hiked up about 800 ft to a perch in Zarok with a clear view of the sky and presto magico, we connected."
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