Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 17:20, May 14
Weather: Windy, -5C in tents overnight
Hi It’s Paul.
Last night around 6pm the winds picked up and continued to be strong throughout the night. Some of the guy ropes on our tent were pulled out, but otherwise things were fine. Mary’s tent held up well, probably because it has only been recently put up and the anchors are still strong. It’s continued to be pretty gusty today, so not sure what is going on with the weather.
It’s Mother’s Day in Australia, and we gave Mary a card and Fiona talked to her folks at home. We also did some washing, but because it was pretty cold it didn’t dry at all. In fact I just bought mine in and it’s frozen stiff as a board!
Resting & Eating
We are both resting up well and feeling good, although my voice is a little hoarse for some reason. Mary has bought us a new supply of medicine, so I am getting stuck into that. Mary is playing Scrabble as I write this with one of the other climbers. I am not sure of the score, but I don’t think it will be going Mary’s way, as there are some extremely good scrabble players here.
Hi Chris and Bridge, Almost everyone has chosen to wait at BC, although one person has decided to go down today. I am not sure about other groups, but I understand that AC and AAI have all gone down lower. They should be back soon if they aren’t already.
There was a question texted to us about how we are finding out Hotronic heated insoles. I would have to say that we are not very happy with these so far, as the batteries don’t seem to be working well. This is despite ensuring the batteries are warm before use. The chemical warmers combined with a vapour barrier (freezer bag) is working really well in my Millet Everest 3 boots. I am also using Lorpen TEPA socks and am happy with these.
Hi Adrian & Paula, Good to hear from another remote internet user.
Hi Judy & Max, Mary is doing well with the altitude and really getting used to it. No more headaches. She went for her first walk today, about a kilometre to the crashed helicopter near basecamp. We have no more rotations before the summit assault. We are waiting for a suitable weather window and then we are heading up.
Hi Stephen Humphries, Our Ipods don’t work this high, but as far as reading, I just this afternoon finished State of Fear by Michael Crichton and Fiona The Juror by George Dawes Green. We have a library here at base camp (a box with everyone’s books in it) and these both came from here. Can highly recommend State of Fear.
Just heard that Mary lost in the Scrabble game, but she didn’t disgrace herself! Better luck next time.