I should explain that I am doing this on a much shortened schedule and will be the last person in my group to reach base camp, maybe the last climber on the mountain period. I could not take 2 months off from work so am doing this within my vacation. The program involves sleeping in a hypoxic tent for 45 days prior, simulating towards the end being at 14,000 feet right in my bedroom. (Side note: Lauri loved the tent and really wanted to join me in it but somehow never did.) In addition I am skipping much of the trek in to base camp that the rest of the team experienced. Together this will cut in half the time it normally takes, assuming I can acclimate. This has been done before so hopefully I will acclimate OK.
This is at roughly 15,500 feet with Ama Dablam, elevation 22,349, prominent in the background. It looks like two separate mountains but both are really part of the same and are connected by a ridge we cannot see from this angle.