8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005: Everest Base
Hello to all. It’s Sunday evening in the Khumbu and our team members are
trickling off to bed after a some late night conversation, music listening,
and a few rounds of card playing.
It’s was another typical day of weather here at BC with the morning starting
out clear and beautiful and light falling snow taking over in the afternoon.
It’s currently snowing heavily but should taper off over the next couple of
hours. We’re in a comfortable rest and recover mode here in BC and the team is
definitely patient in their waiting for the next step.
here on the mountain is varied from team to team. Many teams are down in BC
such as ours resting and waiting for the next push up the mountain which will
entail spending a night at CIII. There are a few teams that have made the push
back up recently in order to try and establish CIII and spend a night there. A
few tents have been put up at CIII with others staked out and reserved for the
later push up. Over the next couple of days plans will be made with some of
the bigger teams to start to fix the upper mountain. Fixing lines above CIII
requires a great deal of coordination with gear and manpower- primarily
Sherpa. The famous Yellow Band is a section of limestone that runs throughout
this area of the Himalaya and is characterized by shaper rock. Therefore that
section needs more durable line than those sections of snow/ice. The Geneva
Spur is then fixed en route to CIV. The route from CIV to the summit also must
be fixed each season as the rope up high is lighter weight and typically
doesn’t last from season to season. Some doesn’t make it through the season
for what we are comfortable with. Lakpa Rita will be working with other
Sirdars to plan for the fixing in the next couple of days. It’s an interesting
part of the logistics that make for a successful season on Everest.
Our team had an incredible sushi lunch today that we’d like to send out a big
thanks to our cook Gopal for. We then got a chance to finish up the surf flick
‘Riding Giants’ which made us all long for warm sand under our feet rather
than meters and deep rock and ice. The team is getting to know eachother
better during these down times and we’re all thankful for them yet always
ready to get going again.
We’ve been a bit lazy getting some photos of our team around BC but I’ve given
everyone the goal for tomorrow so we can get them out to you all.
All our best to everyone out there.
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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