8000 Meters Facts
Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: Base Camp
and Ali with Everest's West Ridge high above in the background
April 8 - BC: Friends,
family and loved ones,
We were walking in a winter wonderland this morning as we headed toward base
camp. A late season storm dropped 5 centimeters of fluffy stuff over night.
This made for great scenery and many snowball fights along the way. In Gorak
Shep, the last vestige of civilization, Tibetan snow cocks mobbed Suzanne.
These beautiful chicken size pheasants were quite friendly which may have
had something to do with lemon cookies.
We are starting to feel the strain of the altitude. One case of bronchitis
and another of G.I. upset but the team is happy to finally be in Base camp
(4369m.) This veritable tent city is one of the highest settlements on
earth, certainly the most cosmopolitan. We are psyched to be meeting our
neighbors from all corners of the globe. Our camp is right at the bottom of
the breathtaking Khumbu Icefall and we are pleased with our location.
To The summit, Vern Tejas
April 7 - Lobuche
Hello again from Lobuche. It’s our second afternoon here at the Eco Lodge
and it’s shaping up to be similar to yesterday- music, cards, reading and
general lounging. Gopal just fed us a great meal and some of the card
players are looking as though they may nod off. We finally got Kay to join
in a round of hearts and she whooped everyone- claimed she’d never played
before. We’re starting to figure her out- she’s a bit sly.
This morning the trekkers headed off to Gorak Shep to spend the night and in
the morning we’ll leave from Lobuche at the same time they leave from Gorak
Shep. We’ll all reunite in BC before the trekkers begin their journey back
down valley. We’ve had a great time with them- and enjoyable and interesting
We had a nice short hike up to a viewpoint of the Khumbu glacier this
morning as well as a quick visit to the Italian Research Pyramid- just a bit
of exercise to keep our bodies moving before the last night here below BC.
Many expeditions are now heading into BC and the valley is filled with
climbing groups en route. We expect another large group here in this lodge
this evening as well as a Chilean team climbing Lhotse who just arrived. The
climbing and trekking season is definitely under way and many friends and
familiar faces are around. We expect our Sherpa staff to be putting the last
touches on our camp today enabling us to move into our tents tomorrow
afternoon. The rumor is that the Icefall Doctors are still working on
establishing the route through the icefall to Camp I and don’t expect to
finish for another 5 or 6 days. Some of the teams who arrived earlier have
been pushed back a bit. We expect by the time we head through the icefall
that the route will be established and in great shape.
The team is looking forward to getting our Comms tent established so we can
get back to those of you who have been in contact with us. All our radio and
computer systems should be up and going by the evening of the 9th.
Yikes. Alistair just starting singing along loudly to Tom Petty- need to go
before we make enemies in the lodge.
We’ll be in touch.
All the best, Dave
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