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EBC in May Prep

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In May I'll be doing the Everest Base Camp trip, and am in the process of working on gear and basic research. There are some conditions that are unique to this area- never been to Nepal before- and I'm interested in others who have done this trip around this time who can advise on the weather.

Summited Kili last November, no issues with altitude there but quite clear that this is a very unpredictable factor. More interested in issues such as dust, trail conditions, weather, temperatures at altitude. I just bought a pair of Keen Alamosas for this hike and would like input on whether these with hot hands for feet are going to do the job for the high bits. I over prepared for Kili with some gear.

Experienced folks, kindly add your thoughts here on your "wish I'd have broughts" and "wish I'd known this about the trek." I will be doing a trip report, albeit that depends on how much access I have to technology. As a writer, my best friend in the mountains are pen and paper although I do have a solar power generator for a laptop. Is that worth taking? Input here most welcome. It was bought just for this kind of trip.

I'm a 61 yo adventure traveler and author, other threads on Tanzania, Argentina and this year, Vietnam. Readers of my threads know I've got a wicked sense of humor pointed straight at myself and I suffer no fools starting with me. Some of my best traveling companions show up right here. First trip to Nepal but no stranger to physical challenges. Very eager to collect wisdom as there is much on these forums.

So for starters, what did anyone wish you'd brought, didn't bring, and absolutely rued the fact later? Or was so very happy you DID bring? What was indispensable?
I will be doing lots of research but your personal insights are so very welcomed.
Thanks to all.

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