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  Everest 2006: Fi and Paul: Hiked out to the bottom of the Lhotse Face


Location: Camp 2
Altitude: 6425m
Local Time: 17:30, April 29
Weather: Warm & clear, -13C in tent overnight, 3C now

Hi Paul here, today we hiked over to the base of the Lhotse face. It was absolutely amazing - really steep, with hard blue glacial ice glistening in the sun. The base of the Lhotse face is at an altitude of 6,650m, and we covered this from C2 in a little under one and a half hours. Although it really got us breathing hard, we can already feel an improvement operating at this altitude since we arrived at camp 2.

Mary's trek
It was good see that Mary was able to post a message yesterday that she is in Namche Baazar. The climb up to Namche is long and steep, but the good thing is that we think it's the hardest part about getting to base camp.

Our current plans
We have finished everything we wanted to do on this acclimatisation rotation. Tomorrow we will go back down to base camp, where we will enjoy good food and a long overdue shower. After four days rest we will come back up to camp 1 and then camp 2. After a rest day, we hope to climb half way up the Lhotse face to camp 3, where we will spend a night. The next day we will climb on oxygen up to the Yellow Band, to practice with all the gear and then descend back to camp 2 and base camp. Once we have done this, then we will wait at base camp for a suitable period of good weather to attempt the summit.

My Throat
My throat, chest and voice are nearly 100%, and I feel much stronger when climbing. Going through the icefall earlier this week was hell for me, as every time I took a deep breath I would cough hard, and I think this is what caused the soreness experienced that night and the next day. I am still using the codeine whenever we are out. Fiona is feeling fine. Things are certainly looking up!

Other IMG movements
Dan arrived at camp 2 today, having spent last night at camp 1. He and JF and a few other people are here waiting for C3 to be ready (route is in, but no IMG tents are up yet). Dennis went down to base camp yesterday. As always Denns is looking extremely fit and strong. Jim and Jack went down this morning to base camp.

Hopefully coming to you tomorrow from a warm base camp,
Paul.

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