Yesterday on Good Friday there
was the Puta ceremony which shall plead for the mountain's mercy. However the
weather was very gracious, bright sunshine... We think of the people in
Katmandu which are still in a severe situation.... the base camp is too far to
be affected. I meet the other climbers of the expedition, the No Limit team
which I already learn to appreciate very much. So to say I sprained my ankle
on the bad paths of the base camp and gained the professional help of them.
According to their advices I take anti-inflammatory medicine and simply keep
On Saturday I
start at 6:00 am to challenge the icefall for the first time this year. The
sun is covered by the Everest himself for the first two hours and I walk with
cold feet until the sun heats up the whole valley drastically. There are
less ladders than last year. It takes me three hours to climb up to 6.000 mtrs
and two hours to climb down. I am quite content since I feel much more air in
my lungs than last year, optimism keeps you alive, but I do not dare to make
conclusions to my overall future body conditions in higher altidutes. When
they are about to establish camp 2 I am planning to spend the night in camp 1
to ascent further. After diner I am back in by tent, my ankle feels not bad.
Thanks to the doctors of No Limit.
Happy Eastern to
all of you.
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