8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005
Team Dave reporting in
Namaste everyone. The climbing group is here in
Lobuche at 4930 m/16,200 ft. relaxing in the warmth of the afternoon sun.
We've arrived at the part of the journey where the trekkers and climbers are
working on a slightly different schedule.
This morning Willi took the trekkers on to Gorak Shep where they will spend
the night and then head out for basecamp tomorrow morning. Jose Luis and
myself will leave Lobuche with the climbers a bit earlier than Willi and hope
to meet at basecamp for an afternoon lunch and goodbye celebration.
Todd and Lakpa took off this morning from Lobuche destined for basecamp in
order to do some organization and review of our supplies and gear. It will be
a great regathering and goodbye before the climbers get to the exciting task
of moving into their new homes and rooms for the next 7 weeks. It's kind of
like moving into your dorm room freshman year in college. You have to organize
the posters and decorations just right! I know everyone is looking forward to
it- it will feel like our own semi-permanent homes. On expeditions of this
length it's essential to have somewhere to escape to at times. The group
cohesion and commraderie is improved by getting away occasionally!
This year we have a spectacular basecamp setup with a new dining tent complete
with padded molded plastic chairs and carpet. I'm certainly looking forward to
the comfy environment. Lakpa Rita even pulled out his inner Martha Stewart and
brought some nice plastic flowers!
We had a slow and relaxing hike this morning. Just enough to get our bodies
moving a bit. We climbed the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to gain a
nice view of the glacier itself and towards the site of basecamp and the
Khumbu ice fall.
As you may have noticed we didn't cybercast yesterday the 7th. Our main
computer has gone down. This means you won't be reading this until a day late.
We will continue cybercasting on time but those family and friends emailing
please note that we may not receive email until early next week.
We'll be in touch soon.
All the best, Dave
Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave
Morton, Jose Luis Peralvo, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa will lead the Alpine Ascent
team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge
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