Location: Camp 1
Local Time: 17:30, April 26
Weather: -12C in our tent overnight, fine until noon then snow.
Hi it's Paul here. Well today
has been a pretty quiet day, with Jim and Jack heading up to Camp 2 (they both
made it there fine), leaving just us and Dasona and Mingma at Camp 1.
We have been trying to get as many calories into our bodies as possible, and
with plenty of good food here, it's not too hard. Breakfast was tea, followed
by banana porridge, then cheese, chocolate & beef jerky. For lunch Fiona had
mashed potato with lots of butter and of course some more chocolate, in the
form of mars bars and snickers. I just kept on eating cheese, which will come
as no surprise for those who know me well. Fiona is very concerned that the
one time in her life when she needs to eat as many calories as possible, and
she's surrounded by lots of chocolate, it seems to be losing its appeal. Maybe
this will be the cure for her long-term addiction!
Yesterday evening we heard a loud avalanche and eveyone was yelling to get out
of the tents. We rushed out, Fiona in her socks and me in my bare feet, but
luckily it didn't get close. It's safer to be outside of your tent rather than
inside were you can be more easily buried.
My throat continues to get better and in fact it's the best it has felt in few
weeks. I am not sure if its these new antibiotics (Augmentin), or if my body
is just healing itself. When I go out in cold air I can definitely feel it
irritating, but a mask helps stop the coughing. I will have a good dose of
codeine cough mixture before setting out tomorrow.
We heard that Mary has arrived safe and well in Kathmandu this afternoon and
is now at the hotel. She flies to Lukla tomorrow morning and will walk to
Phakding in the afternoon.
Subject to the weather we plan to leave camp 1 tomorrow at around 6am and then
make our way up to camp 2. The climb should take about 3-4 hours and we have
been told there are a few good ladder crossings to make. The ladders we have
crossed so far are not as bad as we expected, and they certainly break up the
journey. The key is to lean forward on the two safety ropes, as this helps
stabilise your upper body. Some of the ladders are a bit wobbly and these need
to be taken very carefully, with your foot placed right in the middle of the
Hopefully we will be
reporting in from camp 2 tomorrow,