It's 5:30 pm and we're all settled into our tents at Camp I in the Western
Cwm. I'm catching the last few rays of sun hitting my tent before it drops
below the steep ridge of Nuptse.
Wow, what a day. We had a spectacular journey through the icefall today and
the entire team is now at Camp I. Ladder after ladder attached to one another
in order to span crevasses and ascend serac faces. A journey through an
immense broken glacier is a breathtaking experience. Gigantic towers of blue
ice and multi-story serac walls make up what feels like an ice forest. I know
everyone had an exhilarating experience.
So now we're "relaxing" in our tents waiting for our bodies to say 'uncle' and
give up for the day. It's hard to really relax the first afternoon and evening
at another high point- approx. 19,500 ft tonight. Slight headaches, queasy
stomachs and a lack of appetite are common. The team did an excellent job of
getting down some calories an hour ago. We've had some on again off again wind
since we arrived at CI and it's just kicked up a bit as the sun is now dipping
below the ridgeline.
Tomorrow we'll spend the day around CI- maybe get out the mp3 player and
speakers and pretend we're in the tropics if it's sunny. We'll definitely be
thinking of those of you back home.
All the best,
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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