Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 5pm, 15th April
Weather: Sunny, 2C now, -8C in our tent last night
Hi all - Fiona here,
As we're still at base camp
with Paul resting his throat, we thought we'd hand over the reigns today to
one of our fellow climbers on our team - Dan. Dan was one of the climbers to
climb Island Peak, so he can give a perspective on this part of the climb.
By the way, since starting on
antibiotics yesterday, Paul seems to be starting to improve. We're thinking
we'll keep resting until Tuesday though.
Hope everyone has a happy
Best Wishes, Fiona
Hello from Everest Base Camp!
My name is Dan Griffith, from Invermre BC in Canada.
Climbing Mt Everest has been
a passion for a long time, and I'm here for the 3rd time......let's hope 3rd
Our trip with IMG has been
especially good up to this point....with great facilities and organisation.
After reaching Base Camp, we
spent a few days establishing ourselves and then trekked off down valley for
an attempt at Island Peak. The first day involved a 5 hr walk downhill to
Dingboche in a snow storm....then up we went to Island Peak base camp. We
awoke the next AM to 15cm of snow which quickly melted so our walk to high
camp was accomplished in a couple of hours.
The evening became
increasingly clear and when we crawled out of our sleeping bags at 2:30 AM it
was a spectacular starry sky that greeted us. This was the start of a perfect
summit day for our Island Peak climb. It was just like a climb in the Alps,
but to 6150m.
We wandered up a vague trail
through scree and ledges and as the sky lightened we crossed a narrow ridge of
snow covered rock (that gave some of our group some second thoughts) to the
start of the glacier. Here we roped up and with crampons for the crisp snow
set off up the glacier through some gaping crevasses.
After about 1.5 hours we
reached the base of the steep (55 degrees) snow and ice face leading to the
summit ridge. Here we were lucky to have fixed ropes from a previous
expedition which our sherpa team had checked for integrity.
We quickly ascended the face
and suddenly were gasping for breath on the highest point of Island Peak. The
sky was blistering blue and there wasn't a breath of wind....the perfect
summit day. All of our team including Jurg, Mona, Michelle, Greg, Jim, Walter,
Karl, Marcus, Brenda, and 5 sherpas were soon together on the top.
The descent went well and we
finished the day back at Basecamp with a feast provided by our fantastic
Three more days off trekking,
with meetings with other friends on their way to BC, has brought us back to
camp and a reunion with our other team members.
Work continues on the fixed
ropes and in the next few days we'll be on our way through the icefall and
onto the upper mountain.
We'll keep you posted on our