Today was a fun day of rope skills. We ventured across icy glacial moraines to
some ice pinnacles on the glacier. Some ropes were set-up and we practiced
fixed rope and rappelling techniques. Last night it had snowed a couple of
centimeters, but this almost added to the good day that we had. We learned
some of the key skills we will need up higher on the mountain. It is a good
idea to practice it down lower, because then it will not be new thousands of
meters higher than we are now.
What was somewhat challenging for the not-so-experienced among us was
rappelling at 60 degrees and encountering a knot, which entails securing
yourself on the jumar while you re-attach the eight to the rope. Tricky stuff
but a lot of fun! As usual, we were impressed by the skills of our Sherpa
team, Jangbu and Ang Pasang. Overall, we feel this training has increased our
self-confidence for the more tricky parts after the high camps.
Written by Matt Olsen
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