"We are back in ABC and our computer is still working! Amazing! So, update: On
Oct. 11 we started our climb from ABC (18,300 ft) to Camp 1 (20,600 ft). We
left at 9:00 and arrived in camp at 3:00. Nima also carried to camp 2.
Oct. 12 we took 4 hours to climb to Camp 2 (22,080 ft). Nima carried to camp
3. Lakpa took a walk to view the south side of Shishapangma where he and Dave
Morton were 2 years ago. I sat in the tent...
On Oct. 13 we climbed to our camp 3 (22,800 ft). We set up camp before the
fixed lines would start. Since no one else had summited Shishapangma yet this
season, there were no fixed lines. It took me 3 hours to get into camp. After
two days of climbing I was really beginning to get tired. Once we get there
and the tents were set up, Lakpa and Nima headed back up to start fixing lines
for the next day's ascent. They gave me a job... I set the sleeping bags out
to dry... really tough job...
On Oct. 14 WE SUMMITTED!!! We started at 3:30 a.m. in the dark and in our
down suits. It was about -30 degrees. When the sun came out it quickly warmed
up and I took my down suit off. Instead of climbing up the ridge to the right
towards the "central summit", we traversed the snow face below the main summit
before climbing up where we summited the main summit (the true summit) at 1:00
p.m. It was very windy and cold on the summit, which was just a snow blown
ridge, and I was basically hanging off the side of it to take the summit
photo. On the way down the wind had picked up and shadow covered much of the
way. By the time we reached camp at 4:00 we were so exhausted that we
collapsed in our tent, Lakpa fell asleep immediately and I continued to shiver
uncontrollably for the next hour. It was quite a struggle but an absolutely
The next day, after the 4th night of feeling like we were being strangled
by our sleeping bags (I got about 2 or 3 hours of sleep each night), we headed
back to ABC. I was definitely more exhausted then on summit day. We'd been
climbing for 4 days and my body was completely worn out. Miraculously I made
it back to camp and collapsed in my tent for the next few hours.
Today was a rest day and tomorrow we walk down to CBC where we start our
drive to Kathmandu. I am really looking forward to a shower and a warm bed.
After that, it's home sweet home.
Thanks all for checking in. Take care!
At the age of 20 Danielle Fisher became the youngest person in the world to
summit the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on each continent, on June 2,
2005 when she successfully made the summit of Mt. Everest.
"This is Danielle checking in from ABC on Shishapangma. We
have been here for three days, but have just figured out our computer problems
and can finally send cybercasts, at least for the time being.
We arrived in CBC
on Oct. 6 after driving 4 hours on a very bumpy road.
I swear the
driver was trying to make the ride as rough as possible as he kept swerving
sharply off the road to drive over the only bump in sight.
We spent two
nights in CBC while we waited for our yaks to arrive to carry our things to
ABC. Lakpa almost lost his sunglasses before the attempted thief was forced
to return them saying, innocently, "I found them in the tent!"
On Oct. 8, at
10:00 we and our yaks began our 12 mile hike up the valley to ABC at roughly
18,300 ft. On the way, I ran into an old friend, Nick Rice, whom I met
climbing Gasherbrum 2 last year in Pakistan. He was leaving Shisha as I was a
arriving and it was a nice surprise seeing him. Lakpa and I cheated on the
last part of the hike when we rode Tibetan horses a little less than half the
way. My horse was so small that I thought I was going to break it in half as
it trotted up the valley.
9, Lakpa and Nima carried to camp 1 while I stayed behind with our base camp
helper, Chuldim, who speaks only a few words of English, although he's fluent
in Sherpa, Hindi, Nepali, and Chinese, as well as his native Tibetan. He
makes me feel quite the amateur, not knowing any foreign languages. I washed
some clothes yesterday (which was good since I had just run out of clean
underwear), and I continued reading the first book I have read since I left
Seattle on Aug. 26:
"Three Cups of
Tea". It's a good book and is bringing back memories of my time in Pakistan
last year. We had a visitor once Lakpa and Nima returned: Blair, whom I met
on Everest in 2005. It was fun reminiscing and hearing stories of the climbs
he's been on since 2005.
colder and colder here as it gets later and later in the season. Last night
it was 20 degrees F. in my tent when I jumped into my sleeping bag around
8:00. I'm beginning to dream of sitting in front of the fire at home which my
family starts lighting about this time every year.
The climb is
still clearly on my mind, however, as I look forward to starting our ascent of
Shishapangma tomorrow morning. It's going to be a long day, and an even
longer 5+ days as we make our way to the summit.
We may not be
able to do another cybercast until we get back into base camp and depending on
the weather, we may have to come back to base camp and try our summit attempt
another day, so keep checking in and I will update whenever possible.
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