8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005
reporting from Everest Base camp
Looking Up from the icefall
Everest Base Camp
Hello everyone out there!
We're here at Everest BC! The last couple of days have been a bit hectic with
the trekkers saying goodbye and the climbing team setting up camp. Yesterday
afternoon we arrived in BC just in time to have a big farewell with the
trekkers who have been a great addition to our journey here. There were some
emotional goodbyes for those with family members on the trek. Kent, Cathleen,
Esther and Dianette all had family or friends departing. It was a joy for the
climbing team to spend the trek in with such a wonderful bunch. All of the
climbing team felt good coming into BC with only slight tummy troubles and a
bit of a neck kink for Tony which Mustafa helped workout! I could certainly
feel everyone's excitement as we pulled into our camp and the first clear
views of the icefall appeared.
Today we awoke to unusually windy conditions. The wind sounded like a freight
train all night up high and overnight there were many ice avalanches on the
sorrounding peaks. It was a mountain symphony enjoyed from our safe position
in BC and a great welcome. Our Sherpa staff did an incredible job getting the
camp ready and our new dining tent is spectacular.
We've planned for our BC puja or blessing to be on Friday. Lakpa Rita and the
monks who will perform the blessing came up with Friday as the best day after
looking at the Tibetan calendar. Until Friday we will continue the task of
getting BC situated as well as getting some practice on ladder crossings and
fixed lines in the seracs around BC. The gang is also spending time roaming
camp figuring out which team is where and who has the best movies to borrow!
Sorry we missed yesterday- we will be in touch tomorrow.
All the best,
Dave and the team
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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