Location: Himalayan Lodge, Pheriche
Local Time: Sunday 9th April, 6pm
Weather: Cloudy and windy, 0C
Hi its Paul here,
Last night we learnt that the route through the icefall would not be
complete for about 4 more days and then camp 1 a few days after that, so we
decided to hike down the valley with Chris and Bridget. We are at a small
town called Pheriche and enjoying the comforts of a lodge for the first time
After talking with our Sherpas, we deliberated about what the best strategy
would be for acclimatising so that we're ready for a summit bid sometime
from around 8th May onwards. Between now and then we need to make at least
two trips up the mountain - one to reach camp 2, and the last to spend a
night at camp 3. But there are a lot of other variables to consider.
Although we have now got a small taste for the icefall, many advise that
several trips are needed for familiarisation to ensure that this section can
be covered with enough speed. On the other hand though, it may be best to
minimise the total amount of time spent in the icefall as the upper sections
represent some risks out of our control.
Best way to Acclimatise?
In terms of the best way to acclimatise, there are many theories but few
conclusions about the best strategy. There seems to be a balance between
working hard (aerobically) and getting enough rest. There are also theories
about walking high and sleeping low, as well as sleeping high. As well,
there are theories about coming down low to consolidate the effects of
acclimatisation and improve overall health. But countering this are some
fears about health risks associated with staying in lodges and mixing with
more people. So, what to do? Maybe coming down to Pheriche now is a good dry
run for next month.
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