Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: Tues, 18th April 8pm
Weather: Snowing all day, -5C
Hi everyone, Fiona here.
We woke this morning to find
that it had been snowing for much of the night and there was about 30cm of new
snow on the ground.
A good time to sit tight at
It has continued to snow all day, leaving over 60cm of fresh snow. We've all
had to go and keep the tents clear but so far they are all holding up fine.
People are saying its the most they have seen in ten years.
Although we hadn't planned to
go anywhere today, other members of our group had planned to move up to Camp 1
so they have had to postpone their trips - probably at least until Thursday so
that all this fresh snow can melt down a bit. Other members are already at
Camp 1 so they are just hunkering down in their tents up there (we have radio
contact with them and they are all fine).
It's obviously been a very
quiet day here with most of us hibernating in our tents for large chunks of
time - thank goodness for the Ipod and the piles of books we have here.
Paul's throat seems to be gradually getting better - kind of a two steps
forward, 1 step backwards pattern. I am not getting worse so that's a good
sign and otherwise I feel OK, perhaps a bit more out of breath than usual.
We're seeing the doctors here every day or so and also have a doctor on our
team - so are pretty confident that we're doing everything we can to get
better quickly. The forced rest caused by the snowfall certainly won't do us
We are reluctant to go any
higher until we feel better because going higher is likely to further
aggravate the problem. If Paul's condition was a lot worse, we'd consider
going down lower for a while but he seems to be improving here, so we'll wait
it out here for a bit longer.
(As a side note, some
hospitals have hyperbaric chambers which deliver extra oxygen to patients to
help them heal. Although I understand that this is not widely regarded as
conventional medicine, having seen the opposite effect of a lack of oxygen, it
makes good sense to me. Paul and I received treatment in the Alfred Hospital's
hyperbaric chamber after getting some frostbite when climbing a mountain in
Kazakhstan a couple of years ago.)
Thanks for everyone's messages and "good vibes" - we're getting them all loud
and clear! It's great hearing the news from back home and all the other
amazing places where we have readers. It's quite bizarre thinking about your
locations and then to look out the tent here and see pretty much nothing but
Hope you all had a fantastic
Bye for now, Fiona