Questions (and Answers)

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    My most asked question “How do you go to the toilet?”

    * As quickly as possible!
    * In my tent at night or in bad weather I use a “pee bottle” (not good if you confuse it with your water bottle)
    * It’s easy for boys but being a girl I use a specially made funnel
    * On the mountain lower down you’re on the rope with the boys, there’s no tree to go behind so you just have to do it squatting! It’s rather inconvenient with all your clothes and harness on. And really hard to tuck yourself back in again. Can’t have a bare tummy or you’ll get frost bite!
    * Higher up i.e. colder I’ll use the funnel attachment standing up, so I don’t have to expose as much flesh to the cold. I’m not as good as the boys though, they can write their name in the snow!!
    * I’m lucky in a “it’s very uncomfortable particularly after a few days” kind of way but so far my gut has shut down higher on the mountain so no #2s.
    * But for the more fortunate (or unfortunate) climbers a designated spot is marked out. No collecting snow for drinking from that area!!
    * Out the back of your tent you use your ice axe handle to punch a long thin hole in the ice and pour the contents of your pee bottle very carefully down it.
    * Did I mention during the night you sleep with your pee bottle (done up very tightly) in your sleeping bag because it’s really warm. A great little hot water bottle.
    * It pays to know how much your bladder holds or it could get really messy in the middle of the night!

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    What food do you eat?

    * Altitude does the strangest things to your appetite and tastebuds
    * Base Camp food is not so different to simple food at home. No Sunday roast but pasta, rice, chips, eggs, pancakes for breakfast, a small range of vegetables and lots of tinned fruit.
    * On the mountain my food of choice is hazelnut chocolate for breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks. Then wayfarer meals (kind of different flavoured stews/pastas in a bag heated up) and crackers and cheese in a tube. Doesn’t sound too appetising does it? I would never eat cheese in a tube at sea level but at 6,400m it tasted like heaven!

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    How was the Himalaya formed?

    When the Indo-Australia plate (India and Australia) broke free from Gondwanaland it moved north and collided with Tibet and caused the plateau to rise up. Over many millennia snow and ice formed glaciers which carved out the valleys. The Indian and Australian (sub) plates continue to push north and the Himalaya continues to grow a few millimetres each year.
    (You can ask your teacher what impact this had on Africa and early humans. I’ll give you a hint: It changed the weather which led to…..)

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