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  Nepal Training Climb Successful


13 May 2013 -

Welcome to the news of the Camp 3 Everest Training Climb where a group of people from around the world, some of whom knew each other from before and many of whom were new friends, came to Nepal to trek to basecamp and even to climb up to Everest's camp 3, which happens to lie at 7000 metres/23,000 feet above sea level.

Actually we had two such groups during April and May of 2013, and everyone in both groups did brilliantly, achieving their goals of reaching basecamp and trying to climb high above, through the massive Khumbu Icefall up to camps 1, 2, and 3. To begin we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Michelle West who lost her mom back at home and had to leave our team early. Our thoughts go out to Michelle and her family. The rest of the team soldiered on with the flights up through Lukla, Namche, and on into the friendly hospitable high altitude Sherpa villages which make the "Khumbu Trek" so famous around the world.

Upon reaching basecamp, our teams rested and enjoyed the delicious food and plush comforts of basecamp, including a heated dining tent with tables and chairs and gourmet home cooked food of fresh ingredients. Everyone enjoyed hot showers and basked in the privacy of their own individual sleeping tent which did not have to be shared. After a few days of rest and acclimatization the teams explored surrounding valleys of basecamp and enjoyed ice climbing training and days in the lower icefall near basecamp.

After a few days of rest the groups were ready to tackle the mighty Khumbu Icefall and ascended in the middle of the night, choosing the safest time of day when the icefall is sleeping and gentle. They climbed through the towering ice pinnacles and crossed yawning crevasses on ladders up to camp 1, which is located at 6000 metres/20,000 feet inside the broad flat valley inside Everest, known as the Western Cwm. After a few days relaxing and resting in snowy camp 1, they made their move up to camp 2, located on a rocky moraine in a somewhat wind-protected spot at the side of the Western Cwm, tucked under Everest at 6400 metres/21,000 feet. Camp 2 is a suprisingly comfortable camp where there is a permanent cook and a dining tent and the tent sites are fairly comfortable.

The group rested for a few days in camp 2 then walked to the base of the Lhotse Face for training and acclimatization, then, when they felt good and ready, climbed up the steep icy walls of the Lhotse Face and planted their feet in Camp 3 at 7000 metres/23,000 feet. Camp 3 is located on a "shelf" on the steep ice wall of the Lhotse Face, which towers a mile (1.6 kilometres) above the Lhotse Face.

We congratulate the Camp 3 Everest Training Climb members on the their great efforts. Even for those who choose to stay in lower camps, it was a job well done and a very worthwhile expedition that will be treasured for life.

 

 

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