8000 Meters Facts
Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006:
Hello and Namaste!
April 28 - Base
Camp: 5400 meters
Hello and Namaste! It’s Friday the 28th and we’re burning the “midnight oil”
here in the Sherpa cook and dining tent. It’s almost 9 p.m.
Tshering and Chewang returned this morning from their 2 days of fixing ropes
up to CIII. The rest of our climbing Sherpa had a day off today and are in bed
now ready for their early wake up for another carry to CII. Lakpa Rita, Gopal,
Tshering, Padam and I are listening to Nepali radio of which I’m understanding
little. The whole team has been getting updates from you out there regarding
the situation in Nepal. As you know, it’s been interesting to see how things
progress during these latest developments in Nepal’s political power
We had a great hike up to Pumori CI today. Despite the windy start of the day
it was perfectly clear when we reached CI. We were treated to ideal views of
Everest and the route up the Lhotse face to the South Col! Kay, Suzanne, Chris
and Jacques joined me on the trip up to 5800m and CI. Unfortunately Geri and
Ali didn’t make it. Geri was diagnosed with rabies last night as is evident in
the photo with his frothing mouth. Ali was patching his thermarest last night
with Shoe Goo and stayed up the night sniffing glue resulting in a less than
desirable state this morning- see photo. We’re confident these boys will be
back and healthy by the time we leave for our second trip up the mountain.
The plan is to leave either Sunday or Monday weather dependent for our trip up
to CIII. We’ll spend a night in CI, 2 in CII, and 1 in CIII. Then a return
through CII for one night makes for a 5 night round trip as long as everything
goes as planned. Everyone is looking forward to moving again.
We’ll be in touch tomorrow.
All the best,
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