Well here we are again at CI. Hello to all of you out there following the
This morning we headed out of BC at 4:30 on our second acclimatization trip up
the mountain. Each of these trips are in some ways their own "mini climbs". We
try and get the team to treat each one in that way rather than taking this
immense mountain in one bite.
picturesque afternoon here at CI with clouds rolling in and out and occasional
snow and sunbreaks. We arrived around 11:30 and just finished up with some
soup then cheese and crackers. The gang is now all in their warm tents and
bags. Surprisingly it's very quiet- a change for this team. Surely in an hour
or so the prodding will start in the form of hurtled insults from tent to
tent. Oh what a family we have here.
After climbing up to CI with us Lakpa Rita decided to head directly to CII for
the night in order to take care of some logistical issues. So far the Sherpa
team have moved over 2/3 of our oxygen bottles to CII. Four of our Sherpa
"gunners" headed up to CII today as well in order to start in on the fixing up
to the South Col tomorrow morning. Unbelievably strong and positive they can't
be acknowledged enough for their work.
dependent plan is to move to CII tomorrow, take a rest day there the following
day, then move up to CIII on Saturday for a night of tossing and turning
rather than a night of sleep. To be perfectly honest it's one of the more
miserable 24 hours of the expedition. Then we'll drop back to CII for a night
and head back to BC on Monday. Of course the weather will have to be kind
especially in terms of the winds.
I'm off to redeem myself in a game of Hearts.
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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