"Home" at Last
Mary here, Paul and Fiona
left Camp 2 early this morning and came down safely through the Ice Fall and
into Base Camp.
I climbed up to just past the
crampon point to meet them and believe me, that was tiring! I was thrilled to
be there and welcome them back-to actually see them and hug them!!
It was so exciting watching
them coming down this morning-you can see them for ages.....just like little
ants on the landscape.
They are remarkably fit and
well, and although very tired, are in really good shape.
Although they had a very
early breakfast up there, the Sherpas here gave them a second one of bacon and
eggs, potato and pancakes! They really enjoyed it and are about to have a
shower. Well, a bucket wash, but I can assure you, it is amazing how
refreshing a bucket wash is. (Perhaps it could be introduced into drought
Departing Base Camp
Base Camp is a very different place now- many of the tents are packed up as
all the different groups prepare to leave. The weather is much warmer now and
much of the ice has melted so there is a lot more water around.
We are going to pack up our
bags this afternoon and head off downhill tomorrow. What took 12 days on the
way in will only take about 4 days going out because you don't have to worry
about acclimatization on the way out.
We will stay in the lodges
again and walk down to Lukla and then fly in that little plane again, but this
time down to Kathmandu.
I am not sure when we leave
Kathmandu as we have to change tickets etc but will know in the next couple of
I really want to thank Paul
and Fiona for allowing me this unique and special opportunity to join then at
Base Camp and to be a small part of their wonderful adventure. I think they
are two of the bravest and most dedicated people I know and their generosity
in sharing their trip with everyone has been fantastic.
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