Location: Everest base camp
Local Time: 7:30pm, 4 April
Weather: Fine -4C and no afternoon snow!
Hi it's Paul here, coming to
you from inside our communications tent at Everest Base camp. It's a pretty
amazing setup here and we will give you more details over the next few days.
The communications tent is a large dome about 10 meters in diameter and has
both AC and DC power, as well as chairs and tables for writing. There is
another communications tent of the same size which contains the base station
for radio communications up the mountain.
Today was our first full day
at Base camp and it was spent sorting out gear, digging an entrance and
pathway to our tent, and spending some time with our Sherpas.
Sorting out our gear: All our
gear arrived in one piece, however some of our duffel bags have small holes
where sharp objects rubbed against the fabric. Nothing seems to be damaged
though, and no liquids were spilt so that was great.
We have sorted our gear into
several duffel bags with a bag each for our clothes and personal technical
gear (crampons, torches, etc.), a separate bag for our down suits and sleeping
bags, and then another bag for our food.
Yesterday we setup our camp
beds that we carried as hand luggage all the way from home due to weight
restrictions! These beds are fabric stretched tightly between two poles a bit
like a stretcher. We were unsure if they would go inside our tents, but they
just fit. Last night we used them for the first time, and I like them, but
Fiona is not yet convinced. We have been supplied with a pretty good mattress,
which works well just on its own.
Renovating our tent site:
Much of the group enhanced their tent sites and we did the same by putting in
stone steps up to our tent and also digging out the entrance. We chipped
through the ice to deepen the entrance to our tent and then paved it with flat
rocks so that it doesn’t get too wet during the heat of the day. Jean
Francois, another climber built a stone chair. For future renovations we will
flatten the rocks around our tent to make a nice area to lay out gear.
Watching the icefall doctors:
During the day we could see the icefall doctors hard at work. The icefall
doctors are a small group of Sherpas paid for by all the teams to setup and
maintain the route through the icefall. In the morning we could see them
through a telescope fixing a ladder across a crevasse about half way up the
icefall, and then later in the day we saw them descending about two thirds of
the way up. This is great news, because they only started work yesterday, and
everyone is saying how fast they are going. Will the icefall be easier this
Tomorrow we plan to walk back
down the valley to Gorak Shep and meet up with our friends Chris and Bridget.
We hope to climb Kala Patar if the weather is good, otherwise we will just
play cards in their lodge! I have a sore throat which is getting worse. It
would be nothing to worry about at sea level, but up here its a little
Bye for now,
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