Hello, Rob From Everest Base
Camp on April 14
A lot of activity here over
the last week.
On the 11th, we headed up the
ice fall for some training and had a good time going over the first four
ladders. Finally getting our gear out and using our crampons and real
equipment has transitioned our team from trekkers to climbers. The thin air
and high winds kept our pace to a modest one, but we did indeed enjoy being in
the climbing mode. Our Sherpas have been carrying loads up higher to Camps
One and Two.
On the 12 and 13th we have
rested up and organized our Base Camp into a nice place to exist, if there is
such a thing at the toe of a huge glacier at 17,400 feet. Our Base Camp
Manager Paula Stout has been working like a busy bee to get things in order,
even as far at to pick-up up a shovel and do some "public works" activity in
improving our entry way to our mess tent and to alleviate some of our glacial
melt issues in camp that have made some puddles around my tent. Climbers Chuck
and Dan arrived on the 13th with trekking group entow (all 19!) and now our
climbing team is whole - the trekkers have gone back down valley having stayed
only a few hours visit to see the grand view of the Khumbu Ice Fall.
Our meals have been great and
we celebrated Paula's B-day with a grand cake that our cook made (which took 3
hrs. to bake). It was a fun filled evening.
There are around a confirmed
22 expeditions here in Base Camp and it shows. Some of the camps are very
elaborate with huge mess tents and multi shower type facilities, yet ours is
one of more rustic proportions, though we do have a shower tent and have a men
and ladies bathrooms to some extent. We are situated in a good spot, on the
high ground compared to other camps so we don't have a lot of intrusive
neighbors nor other team's outhouses nearby to fill our air with foul smell.
We all have been making good
contact with fellow teams and plan to make some moves on the mountain in the
next week or so to acclimatize better for higher trips to Camps One and Two.
Our team is doing well and are in good spirits.
More to come soon...... Rob
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