Sunrise from 7,850 meters.
The shadow of Everest and Lhotse can be seen with the moon.
Hello Everybody! Richard
tried to climb directly from Camp 2 to Camp 4 yesterday. He departed at 1:30
in the morning, Although not feeling very strong, he climbed up to the
bergschrund at Lhotse face at an altitude of 6,700 meters. Windy conditions
and fatigue forced him back to Camp II.
After more than a month at
Base Camp, the team is sufficiently acclimatized. The debilitating effects of
prolonged exposure at altitudes of over 5,000 meters are finally starting to
show. The team remains motivated and in good spirits but each members
physical well-being is undergoing deterioration.
No news of good weather for a
summit attempt. There is bright sunshine every day, but itís the never-ending
wind blowing at 100 km/h at the summit thatís the problem. The team is going
to return and rest at Dingboche and Deboche for 4 or 5 nights, in the GREEN
ZONE, before returning to Base Camp and wait for better weather.
ďThe Green ZoneĒ of Dingboche
(14,300í) is comprised of yak herderís huts that have been converted into
solar-powered lodges where you can enjoy a hot shower, cinnamon rolls and yak
steaks. Here the team will rest, get some richer air into their bodies. It is
estimated that one member from every Khumba family is now involved in the
trekking industry. Over 30,000 foreigners entered the region last year . These
trekking lodges, a Nepalese version of a bed and breakfast are established
throughout the trail to Base Camp. Itís the closest thing youíll experience to
luxury on Everest.
With the team resting at
Dingboche, I'll have some time to write and share some information on the
mountain with you. Along with images I'll try and describe what the climbers
are experiencing, a day in their lives so to speak. So look forward to my next
transmission tomorrow. Ian