Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: Wed 12th April, 5:40pm
Weather: Mainly sunny and very windy, 5C
Hi all - Fiona here,
Paul and I are now back at
base camp with the rest of the team.
Back at Base Camp
We hiked up today from Lobuche and were again pleasantly surprised to find
that we're making better times - despite the fact that it still feels like a
lot of hard work! We got back to base camp in time for lunch - which was good
as we'd been missing the base camp food. Although the lodge food is also good,
we found that when we were ordering for ourselves, it seemed as though we
don't quite eat enough and after a few days, we were getting quite hungry.
All the climbers are now back
at base camp - one guy is here to climb to Camp 2 but all the rest (16 in
total) are here to make an attempt for the summit.
Selecting food for our first
trip up to Camp 1
We heard today that the Icefall Doctors expect to finish putting the route in
to Camp 1 by tomorrow, so the Sherpa team here is planning to follow them
tomorrow and go up to set up Camp 1. This means that we could possibly go up
to Camp 1 on Friday. However, we haven't yet decided whether we will do this
or wait longer so that Camp 2 is set up and we can go to both in the same trip
(this would probably make the trip around 5 days in length). We'll hopefully
find out how far off Camp 2 is in the next day or so and make a decision then.
It's still very early in the season so there's not really any rush as far as
we can tell.
Right now though the Sherpa
team is preparing their loads to take up to Camp 1 - possibly leaving tomorrow
morning. So this afternoon we all had to put together a bag of food that we'd
want to eat at this camp; 2-3 days worth. The food storage tent became a
free-for-all as we all crowded in and started pulling things out of boxes like
kids let loose in a candy store! There seems to be plenty of food here and
lots of variety. We selected several instant dinners (some the US Army use and
want tested at altitude), flavoured porridge packets, biscuits, cheese, beef
jerky, plenty of chocolate bars, jubes, noodles, instant soups, instant mashed
potato and nuts. Often at high altitude your appetite is reduced so a wide
selection will hopefully ensure that we get enough calories into us.
The Sherpa team will also be
taking up tents, sleeping rolls, sleeping bags and stoves for us to use at
The rest of our day was spent
reading in our tent and drinking lots of hot chocolate in the dining tent.
While we were having a break
down lower, our own Sherpas (Mingma and Dasona) went to visit their families -
since there's not a lot they can do now at the moment we thought there was no
point them hanging around here and they might as well have a break while they
can. They should be returning sometime today or tomorrow.
Nothing much else to report
Cheers to everyone, Fi