"Morgan Chessia" Chris
May 15th, 2005 Bouldering at
Now it's a waiting game for
the weather! We descended to base camp on the 13th. Dean and Eric trekked
down to Pheriche at 14,000 feet for R&R, yesterday. They will return to base
camp tomorrow. Descending down to a lower elevation is a good idea. You're
body recovers faster with the higher volume of oxygen in the air.
A bunch of us went bouldering
just outside of base camp yesterday. Bouldering is a form of climbing where
the climber climbs near to the ground, so he doesn't need a rope or climbing
protections. Some say it's one of the purest forms of climbing. There are
many good climbs/problems here with great views of Everest in the background.
Our Sherpa team is
remarkable. Yesterday they started from camp 2 (21,000 feet) at 3 a.m. with
double loads (35 kg or 77 lbs.). They reached the sol col at 26,000 feet by 9
a.m. and then descended back to base camp by 5 a.m. All of our camps are
stocked and ready for our summit attempt! We are grateful to have a good
strong Sherpa team!
Currently our plan is to go
to camp 2 on Wednesday, May 18th. Our tentative summit date is the 22nd, but
that ALL depends on the weather.
Cheers from sunny base camp!
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