April 7th, 2005: Everyone has
arrived at base camp and we are all happy to be here! Kay, Joe, Ron, Ray C.,
Sam, Stacie, Willie and I arrived today. A few of the climbers, Ray B.,
Javier, Eric, and Dean arrived yesterday with Lhama Jungmu (9th time
summiter!) at base camp. Our base camp had been established two weeks ago by
our Sherpa team. We feel we have the best spot at base camp. We are 5
minutes from the icefall where the route starts and perched above the other
camps to allow for privacy. We have equipped out dinning tent with
electricity and a heater. We also have a hot water heater for hot showers.
For the next couple days we be making our base camp home for the next 6 weeks.
Our trekking team is doing
well. Ray C. Stacie, Sam and Ron climbed to the top of Kala Pattar, 18,500
feet yesterday. For most of them this was their highest elevation hiked.
>From the top of Kala Pattar we were able to get excellent view of Everest,
Lhotse, Nuptse, the Khumbu ice fall and Everest Base Camp. Our trekking team
will spend two nights at base camp and then begin their descent back home.
We are having a wonderful
time and wish our family and friends the best from Everest base camp.
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