Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 18:00, May 11
Weather: Cloudy most of the day, max 11C
Hi it's Paul here,
We woke up this morning early
to beat the heat of the day. At 4:30 we dressed, opened up chemical
handwarmers and let them warm up, packed up the things that we were leaving at
camp 2 (down suits, sleeping bags), had breakfast and by 6am we were walking
down to base camp.
The route down to base camp
Every time we have been through the icefall, the route seems to change. The
icefall doctors monitor it every day, and if an area looks too precarious and
an alternative route can be found they move the ropes, ladders, and icescrews.
This time we noticed a lot of water flowing in the icefall, which was a bit
When we got to the bottom of the icefall, Mary was waiting for us. It was
really great to see her. She looked great, and had no trouble walking the 15
minutes to camp. Unfortunately Mary developed a headache later in the day, and
had to rest in her tent for the afternoon. She is now starting to feel better
Many teams have headed down the valley to soak up the oxygen rich air. Some
have even taken helicopters into Kathmandu for the ultimate break. Fiona and I
think we will stay put here. Last time when we went down to Pheriche, I came
back with the beginnings of my sore throat that lasted for 2 weeks. On balance
we think its not worth it for us, but each to their own.
That’s all for now,