Today we practiced more fixed line training in the lower Khumbu Icefall
involving rappelling, ascending vertical ice, ladder crossings, etc. We sorted
through our snack food in preparation for 5 days of climbing above base camp.
We had some light snow in the afternoon, then clearing before sunset. Tomorrow
we plan to go for a short hike in the Khumbu Icefall and then return to camp
for another night here in base.
Yesterday we arrived at Everest Base Camp! Walking into camp we had our first
good view of the summit . We had our first team meeting at base camp in our
Mountain Hardwear Space Station tent . We enjoyed a nice dinner then awoke to
clear skies today, and organized our gear in camp. We can look up into the
Khumbu Icefall from camp and view the route we will climb to Camp 1 after a
few days here acclimatizing and reviewing climbing techniques. Everyone is
doing well and we are very excited to be here!
Our hike from Kumjung to Deboche was accompanied by lots of sunshine and good
spirits. Before arriving at Deboche, our final destination for the day, we
stopped at a monastery in Tengboche, where some of the group members stayed
for a ceremony conducted by the monks. The team was especially excited to stop
at a bakery just outside the monastery walls, where we all enjoyed the best
baked goods of the trip. Fresh baked banana bread, rum chocolate cake, and
apple pie were among the favorites. Those who attended the ceremony at the
monastery ditched their shoes at the door and sat back as the monks lit
incense and chanted in unison, surrounded by elaborately decorated statues and
vibrantly colorful wall paintings. From there we hiked down to our cozy tea
house for the night where we had dinner, played card games, and as always,
enjoyed plenty of hot drinks.
Khumjung to Deboche
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