Local time: 24 April, 18:25
Location: Camp 1
Weather: Fine in the morning, intermittent snow in the afternoon
Hi its Paul at C1. Today was a rest day to recover from all the efforts of yesterday. I found the climb very difficult yesterday, so the rest was very welcome. The day was spent melting snow for water, eating and drinking lots. My voice has partially recovered from the dry air.
Camp 1 is situated in the middle of the Western Cwm, because avalanches frequently dust our tent from both sides, so the middle is the safest place to be. I am sharing a tent with Attila and our tent is about 2 meters from a gigantic crevasse, so you definitely don’t want to go wandering at night. There are probably about 30 tents here in total from all the expeditions, and they are all clustered in the same small area.
Tomorrow its off to c2 for Atilla and I.
Hi Kieran, Thanks for your message. I have enjoyed reading the Everest books from the QECVI kids. I finished the books a few days ago and they are in base camp, so I can’t tell you the name of them, but they are really good to read. (They are about some kids that want to climb Everest, and eventually get their chance.)
Hi Liane and all the QECVI students. Yes, those lines are definitely anchored and their primary purpose is to secure you if you fall. The ropes also act as stabilizers, if you hold them tight. The proper technique is to lean forward or backwards when you are crossing the ladders to tighten the ropes. You guys didn’t notice your year book in one of my pictures!
Its interesting to see the different approach to coordination taken by AT. I expected less, but in fact AT want to be involved more. I am free to climb whenever I want, but AT always wants to have a Sherpa at each camp when a member is there. As I have a personal Sherpa it doesn’t impact me, but other people without, they ideally need to make sure that their movements are coordinated with other members. I am really impressed so far with the service and organization provided by AT. The food is the best I have ever had in Nepal, the Sherpas are extremely helpful and nothing seems to be too much trouble. It’s nice being a smaller team too – 8 members is a good size. Atilla and I are going to climb together, but this is our own wish and we are free to set our own timing of all movement above bc. This is the main reason that I chose Asian Trekking, plus tons of good feedback from climbers on the South Side.
Hi Ann, Yes there are small lakes of meltwater around base camp. These will grow in size and number as we get into May. The shower tent is not cold at all, as long as you have a shower before it clouds over, usually after midday. It’s at least 30C inside it.
Hi Corrina and Catherine, I passed your messages onto Rudi as he came through C1 this morning. He really looks very well.
Hi Wade, You can get a good cup of coffee. The son of the owner of Asian trekking has setup a bakery at base camp, so you can get great bakery goods and coffee. A British women has also taken up residence in a tent near the bakery and she is offering sports massages.
Thanks Mira, I have no idea what is happening to the other climbers, so your news is welcome. I did bump into Pat in the icefall yesterday and he looked really well. But we couldn’t chat long as he still had a lot of dangerous ground to cover.
Hi MC, It gets to about -7C at base camp, but when the sun comes out it can rise to 20C in the space of an hour.
Hi Bruce, I am using the Luxury Lite cots in BC, but we use closed cell foam above base camp. The beds are really fantastic and are enabling me to have a comfortable sleep on very uneven ground – I’ll post some pictures when I get back down.
Hi Cas, Enjoy your trek into BC. I am very sure I’ll be finished acclimatizing when you get there.
Hi Dame, It’s great to hear that you got back safe and well.