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  Mt Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: Friends, family and loved ones


 

We had some fun today playing amongst the seracs and crevasses of the Khumbu glacier. Dave and Lakpa set up a great ropes course near camp while the rest of us rigged our harnesses with safety slings. After ladder crossing practice we headed into the lower icefall to focus on skills necessary for higher passage. For most, passing anchors safely was new stuff. Rappeling and self extrication was review and Kay made it look positively easy. The seminar was deemed a success as everyone came back having learned new skills and polishing old ones.

We spent our afternoon donating our minds to science by volunteering to take a battery test for NASA. That kept us amused till dinner and a celebration of Geri’s 50th birthday. Our chef, Gopal made a luscious cake top off with some honking plumber candles. We sang, we ate and we laughed. Spirits are high and so are the winds, so we bide our time and build red blood cells. Join us tomorrow when we venture up into the Icefall proper.

Nameste,
Vern Tejas

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