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This week was all about winding down. Big mountain expeditions can be stressful on the body and the mind. It’s tough to take just one day back in the city and then get going again. Your body has been in a stressed mode due to the altitude for more than a month and letting it decompress is always a good idea.

I used the week to get all of the Makalu blog posts and videos published. I also threw up all the photos and videos from Makalu on my social media. I planned out the next trip to the Philippines and did some much-needed admin work. I also had several visits to the dentist and Kathmandu Pain Center to finish off my teeth and help out my poor hips.

The highlight of the week was catching up with Jorden and Mark after they returned from their group trip to Annapurna Base Camp. I hadn’t seen these guys for years partly due to our constant travels and also the pandemic. A few nights out for dinner and some good catch-ups were overdue. Dinner at Boudha was a great backdrop for dinner and drinks.

Another week at Aloft finally came to a close as we headed out to the Philippines for the next 1.5 months. It’s nice to be heading somewhere away from big mountains for a while to refresh and enjoy a change of scenery.