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  Mt Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: May 14  Base Camp


 

5400 meters : It’s 7:45 pm here in Nepal on Sunday, May 14th- MOTHER’S DAY! It’s just gotten dark here in BC and everyone is already in bed for the night. Tomorrow we will be waking up early to head up the mountain and begin our push to the summit. Everyone was a bit quiet tonight as we ate dinner with the next week on their mind. Everyone is excited about the reality of moving up the mountain for a final time yet nervous about moving up again above CIII and into unknown territory.

Today we spent the day reviewing the oxygen system and making sure that our masks fit and were working properly along with the regulators… lots of Darth Vader jokes. After lunch it was back to the tents for some shut eye and organizing gear for the climb tomorrow. BC has become home away from home and our personal sleeping tents a bit of a sanctuary. We’ve been here long enough that they do feel like one’s own private home.

The day here was another glorious one after a very breezy morning. The winds whipped down off of the Lho La from Tibet to make for a cold morning until about 10:00 a.m. The afternoon was spectacular though and allowed for a great baseball game down at the “diamond”. Behind one of the American Team’s camp is a perfect pitch of ice that’s been the site of cricket matches, baseball games and rounds of golf. Despite someone trying to cork their bat our team pulled off a ‘W’ in the top of the 9th.

The whole team wants to send all of our best wishes to our Mothers and to all mothers out there. You’re the greatest! Happy Mother’s Day.

Our Liaison Officer, Namrata, arrived a few days ago and forced us out for a picture just before dinner. Here it is. Thanks Namrata for getting us out of the warm tent for a group photo we needed!

We’ll speak to you from CII.

All the best, Dave

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