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The late Mingmar Sherpa (right) leads the group out of camp on the first day.
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Somehow, no one hit anyone or anything while walking around camp with a horizontal ladder tied behind them – that's a real skill!
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Team approaching the Icefall for the first time of the season.
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One of the 'doctors' explained that they expected shoulder-high snow later that day: "Will be easier tomorrow, we already have trail!"
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The entirety of Everest Base Camp, with the Icefall Doctors' camp top right.
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The chorten was adorned with all manner of food and drink; from potato chips to a can of Everest brand beer, to biscuits and soft drink. Taking pride of place were the traditional pictures of Tibetan gods and around the base lay the climbers' equipment – harnesses, rope, ice axes, crampons, snow stakes, ice screws, plastic boots and of course, ladders
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Snowland HIghest Inn and Kala Pattar Guest House, Gorak Shep.
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A chilled yak near Gorak Shep.
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The board at entrance of the National Park showing the number of trekkers into Nepal's Khumbu region.
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Puja with the Icefall Doctors

Posted: Apr 10, 2013 09:53 pm EDT

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(By Jason Freeman, edit Correne Coetzer) "With little chatter between them, each of the team made their offering to the chorten and said a brief prayer. [...] Some melodic Tibetan chanting rang out from an old boom box and half an hour later, six men were ready for work; a basic pack frame on their backs, carrying their climbing gear, with ladders and marker flags tied over the top. Each made a final quick offering to the gods, gave a cheer of "Icefall Doctors!" to the team video camera and they were off..." recalls...

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