Location: Everest Base Camp
Altitude: 5300 meters
Weather: Fine in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon.
Hi everyone, it’s Marg here from Everest Base Camp.
Base Camp Life
Today has been a very relaxing day at Base Camp. We are all overwhelmed that we have made it and that we are finally here. It’ so great that we are here with Paul and can see his home and are able to encourage him in his quest.
Base Camp is huge and it’s impossible to see it all as it is spread out over such a large area.
We were woken this morning at 7.00 to a cup of morning tea being delivered to our tent by our Sherpa. Then at 8.00 it was time for breakfast – and it was the best breakfast since leaving home. In fact the Asian Trekking meals are highly recommended – especially as they provide food which we haven’t tasted for quite a while.
Experiencing the Icefall
After breakfast it was off to the icefall. We went to the area where climbers have to put on their crampons, then we scrambled over the ice and were able to look up and see the massive icefall. Although I had seen Fiona and Paul’s photos of it I was still amazed at its size and ruggedness. A couple of people were climbing up through it but it was very difficult for us to see them.
More R and R
The afternoon was resting, talking, experiencing a shower at Base Camp, and visiting the bakery (the apple pie was the best that I have tasted for a long time).
Sleeping Last Night
Most of us slept pretty well last night despite having to get up for the toilet a couple of times. We were all very pleased that we were warm enough in our sleeping bags. The only slightly disturbing thing was the sound effects of various avalanches and the creaking ice beneath us. We were told not to worry about it but it’s not the most relaxing sounds to get to sleep by!
Tomorrow we hope to climb up to Pumori Base Camp or Pumori Camp 1 – weather permitting.
Well, that’s all for now,
Thanks everyone for your messages.
Sandy I think yours maybe the funniest and we all have a chuckle over them – it’s great to get them.
Sorry I haven’t replied to your lovely messages for a while, but not all of us had time to write replies as things got late a few nights with sending the report. Luca I’m sorry you hurt your fingers so bad, but I remember that I did something similar at that age. I enjoy reading your messages everyday so keep them coming. Be good to Mummy and ask her to write something nice on here 2. You both know what I managed to do at Everest today. It was hard, but very enjoyable and real good fun.
I’m counting the days to see you all again. Miss you all a lot.
To all from Cas,
Thank you all for your messages.They are all very much appreciated.
See you all soon,
Cas (sorry for all the typos..but my hands are freezing while I write this..:-)
Hi Barls and every-one,
Thanks for the messages. Tried to ring before but no-one home. Will try again. Would love roast lamb, fruit salad and eclairs…. Love Liz