Sam: This is it.
Frodo: This is what?
Sam: If take one more step, it'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been.
Frodo: Come on Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say, "It's a dangerous business Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 7 the nice Italian couple

Day 7 the nice Italian couple 
Pangboche - Dingboche
Elevation gain 350m, 4000 to 4350m 

At the guesthouse in Dingboche that night there were only two parties, an German-speaking Italian couple in their late 20s and me and trekmate. They were friendly in the dining room. They told us that they were here to climb Island peak, a popular and relatively easy to summit peak of 6173m. 

We laughed over having both seen the same advertisement flyer tacked to the plywood door at two different teahouses for Royal Penguin, a luxury hotel in KTM. The rooms had jacuzzis not to mention heat and running water and proper walls and windows. It was effective advertising, being just what we all craved.  

They both had a fair amount of climbing experience, living in the Dolomite region of northern Italy. On the other hand, I really don't know anything about mountaineering other than having watched all the seasons of Everest: Beyond the Limit.  They said the name of a well known mountaineer that they had seen on this trip and trek mate and I didn't know who it was...

They were very cute together. The girl spoke English better than the guy so he would look toward her and she would help him find the right word. We laughed at the guy's sunburn. 

I thought with their shared climbing interest that it was the mountains that brought them together. But no. Trekmate asked how they met. The guy sheepishly said, "in a club," and moved his shoulders in a mock dance move. They did not start climbing until they got together 4 years ago. Now every weekend they go to the mountains to climb.  

Their dream is to summit Ama Dablam, a peak that we all have seen trekking almost everyday along the EBC route. She said that if they come back for Ama Dablam, they want to stay at the Royal Penguin even if only for one night. We didn't ask for their name but I  hope that they do summit Ama Dablam one day. I wish them well. 

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