Location: Camp 2
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.
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, 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
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,