(left) and Edwin at the bottom of the Geneva Spur
Update: Edwin and Robert
spend a harrowing night sleeping at Camp 3 (7,300m) without oxygen. The winds
were raging at 70 knots (120kph), threatening to flatten the tents, and making
a racket flapping the tent fabric so loudly that they could not even hear the
Bleary eyed this morning, and
tired from not having slept a wink, the two guys and their Sirdar Kami set off
at 6.30am for Camp 4 (8,000m). It was a torturous struggle.
The westerly winds came
straight at the climbers, causing wind burns. The winds also picked up sharp
snow crystals which pelted their faces with tiny painful cuts.
“The winds were whipping our
faces,” said Edwin. “Although I wore a balaclava which covered my whole face
except my eyes, and I had goggles on, I still suffered wind burns on my left
cheek. The winds felt like I was being slapped in the face constantly.”
Said Robert: “It was an
exhausting climb because every step took us higher into thinner air. What
seemed like a short traverse to the yellow band, but took us almost four
hours. Our slow pace was due to lack of sleep as well as the increasingly thin
air. It was the first time this season we were at that altitude.”
He added: “We were feeling OK
and strong. We could go up higher, but we were just slow.”
At the bottom of the Geneva
Spur, at 7,600m, the men turned back because they needed to return to Camp 2.
“We didn’t want to spend another night sleeping at Camp 3 which would do our
bodies more damage,” explained Robert.
“After this final
acclimatisation cycle, we are doing well compared to those climbing with
oxygen,” he said. “Kami said that with this speed, we would reach the summit –
slow but constant.
“We are optimistic, but we
know it will be a mighty hard push for us both because of the long hours
needed to get to and back from the summit. It is expected to be a 24-hour
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