Local time: 12 May, 18:00
Location: Base Camp
Weather: Light snow in the morning, but then fine thereafter.
Hi it’s Paul at Everest base camp. This morning we said goodbye to all the intrepid trekkers, as they began their journey back to civilization.
After spending 3 days in base camp, it was time for everyone to say goodbye. They had all formed a good group, so there were a few tears shed. After a group photo and a final visit to the bakery, they were off. It was terrible weather – cold, windy and snowing, but into this they walked. Lhakpa Nuru came back to base camp today (he looks better), but he said that he saw them in Gorak Shep and most of them had decided to head up Kalar Patar in the hope of clearing weather. Well the weather did clear in the afternoon, so they should have got a good view.
Our tent was perched on an ice pedestal, as the ice around melted out, but underneath it didn’t. The edges also melted, so our floor area was reducing daily. So after inspecting the available ice real estate, we selected a spot and with the help of our Sherpas created a flat area. We then pulled everything out of our tent – our Luxury Lite camp beds causing quite a fuss when people realized that we were quite literally sleeping in luxury. We are now settled in and judging by the weather, we are going to be here for a while.
First weather forecast
Today we received our first weather forecast from Meteotest. A small group of us have signed up for this service from Switzerland. The forecast was resounding in it’s message – don’t go for the summit. So we decided to stay put. It looks like unfavorable conditions will be here for a while, so we had better get comfortable in base camp.
Hi Dame, Julia had tried the hairdryer earlier in the trek, but didn’t realize that they use 230V not 120V here, so it met a sad end.
Hi Ryan, I’ll use the 60 second file then, thanks very much. I still haven’t charged the GPS logger yet, and it’s still going well after more than a month. Will charge it before the summit push, just to be sure.
Hi Mira, All the girls were in very good health and had no coughing or altitude sickness at all. Part of this is due to wearing masks from Namche. The tent is a Mountain Hardware dome tent from the Canadian team near us. I think it’s their dining tent.
Hi Mark R, Yes, I think I’ll be on a similar schedule to that of your friend, Terry.
Hi MC, Cas says Hi, and that he was wondering when you would work out who he was!
Hi Jac, It was snowing so hard and we were all waiting in the snow while I finished the interview. It was a funny sight.