8000 Meters Facts
Tibet Team Makes Base Camp
16 April 2014 -
I am pleased to report that the team arrived safely to Everest Base Camp
(Tibet) on Monday 14 April. We have spent two nights here in EBC resting and
acclimatizing after the 900m jump in altitude from our last acclimatization
post in Tingri (4300m). The base camp on the Tibetan side of Everest is
spacious and well laid out. SummitClimb has a central location in EBC and our
members are enjoying the chance to meet people from other teams who are
attempting Everest from the north side.
Yesterday, some of our members walked down to explore the Rongbok monastery
which has an excellent view of the mighty north face of Everest. It is a very
peaceful and spiritual place. Others explored the pristine mountain lakes just
Our nights are spent enjoying the excellent food from our cook Kippa and
honing our skills in the card game Uno. So far the Australians are showing the
rest of the world how Uno is meant to be played and won. =)
Franz our resident photographer is taking some brilliant pictures including a
time lapse of Everest at night. Some of the photos are very large so uploading
them is proving difficult but we are working on a way to shrink them so you
can call enjoy the views from EBC.
Looking ahead, we will spend another two days here in EBC before heading to
Interim Camp (5800m) on 19 April. After two nights at Interim Camp, we will
make our way to Advanced Base Camp (6400m) where we will stay for
approximately 4 nights practicing our ice climbing skills and fixed line
management skills ahead of making our ascent of the North Col (7000m).
Thanks for following our progress on the mountain. We think of you everyday.
With warm regards,
North Col candidate
13 April -
G'day everyone from Garry Williams and the SummitClimb Mount Everest Tibet
team in Tingri this Sunday 13th April 2014. Everyone's ok and our
international team of climbers are all geling together really well. We're
currently staying at the Hoo Han Hotel while we rest, relax and acclimatise.
The rooms are comfortable, clean and the food is tasty and plentiful. We're
currently at 4300m above sea level so everyone's feeling the altitude in one
way or another - slightly breathless and mild headaches are common; though
I've discovered that Lhasa Beer helps a lot with acclimatisation and carb
loading!! The team spent the morning strolling around this ancient town and
gained a vantage point for our first view of Mount Everest. It was fantastic
to finally get to see the expedition's ultimate goal; as well as Cho Oyu, the
6th highest mountain in the world. Most of the Sherpas have headed off to set
up basecamp and we'll be following them there tomorrow. Thanks for following
our team on SummitClimb news, we all really appreciate your support.
Stay tuned for the team's next dispatch where
we'll all be at Everest Tibet Base Camp.
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