April 24 - CII: 6400meter
Friends, family and loved ones,
It was an excellent day for the team to acclimatize. We slept in till the
sun cooked us out of our sleeping bags. We had a leisurely breakfast
followed by an easy, morning in which eating and drinking remained the
dominant themes. This is important for our adapting to this 6463m.
Elevation. The air's so thin here that several of us had trouble sleeping
and all of us get short of breath if we move to fast.
Several of us did an hour of science testing for NASA by playing video games
and answering some really funny questions. We also took a little
acclimatization hike and got some great views of the Lhotse face and the
route before us. We miss you all and wish you were here.
Nameste, Vern Tejas
Earlier update: Camp II 6400m: Well today
was a new day and it's been a beautiful one. We're all here in CII and
the sun is just beginning to drop quickly on the horizon. There was a
lot of activity on the route between CI and CII today. Dozens of
Sherpa were out carrying loads from BC to CII as well as a few
climbers ascending to CII then back to CI. We appear to be the only
climbers in CII tonight though many camps are busy with Sherpa readying for
The group feels very good
this afternoon- better than expected- and better than they did
yesterday on the acclimatization move. So that's a good thing!
Hopefully the sleeping will go well also. Ang Tshering and Chuldim are
here cooking for us and the camp is spectacular especially on a day like
today. Everyone's relishing the first views of the SW Face and Lhotse
Face here at 21,000+ feet in the Cwm.
We'll be in touch soon.
All the best,
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