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  Everest 2006: Fi and Paul: More snow in base camp


Fiona, Mingma and Paul standing in the thick snow at base camp. Photo Jack Gerstein.

Location: Everest Base Camp
Altitude: 5350m
Local Time: 5:30pm 19 April
Weather: Snowing, warmer in the afternoon

Hi It's Paul here, coming to you from a very snowy base camp. Last night it continued to snow, and there have been scattered showers today. Whilst this amount of snow is normal in the post monsoon climbing season (Oct-Nov), it's most unusual in the pre-monsoon climbing season that we are in now.

People in camp 1
We have nine people stuck up at camp 1, but they are doing fine. This morning they reported over the radio that Jim Gagne is the snow wall king, as he has been building lots of snow walls to fill in the time. Although they have been up there for a few days now, they still have plenty of food and cooking gas, and are happy to sit it out and wait for the route through the icefall to be re-established, either by the icefall doctors or a Sherpa team. With over 1m of snow, all the fixed lines are completely buried in the icefall. We heard that another team in camp one tried to come down this morning, but after half an hour, they couldn't find the route and had to turn back.

As I write this, its getting more and more bright outside, so hopefully the weather is going to break soon. That's what the forecast says too.

What do we do while waiting in base camp?
Fiona and I have been doing a lot of reading, eating, listening to music, playing cards and talking to other climbers. Believe it or not, it can get extremely hot in your tent during the day - much too hot to stay inside. We put our sleeping bags on the outside of our tent to try and provide some shade, but still we usually retreat to the dining tent. The dining tent is a great meeting place and at any one time there will be at least four people there, sitting on the chairs, snacking on the endless array of biscuits, tea, chips, cheese and nuts. Topics of conversation from today were the weather, when everyone is going to go up the mountain, gear, people's families, jobs and businesses back home, different tax systems in everyone's countries & the social security system in the US. Broad topics!

Climbing plans
We hope that with fine weather tomorrow, the route will be re-established through the icefall. Then we should be able to go up the day after. Both Fiona and I are slowly getting better and should be fine to go by then.

From the dining tent in base camp,

Paul

Updates

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A cold weather, high altitude double boot for extreme conditions The Olympus Mons is the perfect choice for 8000-meter peaks. This super lightweight double boot has a PE thermal insulating inner boot that is coupled with a thermo-reflective outer boot with an integrated gaiter. We used a super insulating lightweight PE outsole to keep the weight down and the TPU midsole is excellent for crampon compatibility and stability on steep terrain. WEIGHT: 39.86 oz • 1130 g LAST: Olympus Mons CONSTRUCTION: Inner: Slip lasted Outer: Board Lasted OUTER BOOT: Cordura® upper lined with dual-density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam and thermo-reflective aluminium facing/ Insulated removable footbed/ Vibram® rubber rand See more here.

 






 

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