Island Peak base camp

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The Island Peak base camp site is not spacious. There is a narrow flat area between the mountain and the glacier that is strewn with rocks, and there were three other fairly large groups already at the location. We managed to find sufficient space to set up our tents.

The place was lousy with Tibetan Snowcocks, a bird roughly the size of a grouse. They were quite tame and wandered about among the tents. We discovered later that they are well conditioned to come scurrying over when you take your tent down, to look for food scraps you might have left behind. It was mating season, and the males were putting on displays to impress prospective mates. They have a rather comical call — for all the world it sound like a cat warming up to cough up a hairball, followed by a melodious cackle. I found it amusing to think that the hens might find this attractive.

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