Tibet Explores While Waiting for Calm Winds
16 May 2014 -
Hi Everyone, Scott Patch here with a dispatch for the SummitClimb Everest
Tibet Expedition .... Today is 16 May.
Another Bluebird Day here at Everest Basecamp! Amazing the extremes that
Everest will throw at you!! The ambient air temp outside is somewhere just
around 0 degrees Celsius .... evident by our laundry freezing when on a line
outside. But the sun is warm and toasty ... we still have a good bit of wind
down here at Basecamp with the upper mountain getting much higher winds.
Looking at weather forecast we might spend a couple more days here until
heading back to Advanced Basecamp ... Just taking it day by day and waiting
for the winds to slow down a bit. The upper mountain is still in a heavy wind
pattern of 40 to 60 Km/Hr winds.
The team is doing well, keeping busy visiting other teams and going for treks
in the surrounding mountains. Today we went on a long trek up the frozen river
that leads out of basecamp. It follows a valley up into the hills North East
of Basecamp. Stunningly beautiful terrain!! We got caught up in the game of
"let's just see what’s around the next corner" .... and, yup, there always
ended up being another bend in the gorge.
This afternoon we plan to have a large card game with another Expedition at
Basecamp .... Win or lose it will be a great afternoon!
We'll keep you updated on our status, but for now we are just enjoying our
downtime before the work begins again.
Thanks for following our Expedition!
North Col with route to Camp 2 seen up snowfield and Everest summit in upper
right - Photo Mia Graeffe.
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