April 2004 from Tom Clowes at
Advanced Base Camp: We have now been at ABC for 5 days and we are becoming
more acclimatized at 6,400m. Life at this altitude certainly does drain your
body! Yesterday we walked up to the base of the fixed ropes on the North Col
which was a beautiful walk. Tomorrow we plan to leave early and climb to the
top of the North Col at 7,000m. The weather has been sunny but when the sun
goes in it gets extremely cold. The other night we recorded an outside
temperature of -17 degrees.
Tony and Kevin went back down
to BC a couple of days ago as they were not feeling great. We are in regular
radio contact with them and they are feeling much better and hope to return to
ABC within the next few days.
There is not a lot to do here
at ABC except eat and drink lots! There is a vole that scurries around our
Mess Tent every now and then looking for scraps. We have named it Roger!
The Team currently now have 2
basecamps, of which they have a bed and clothes at each camp, along with a
mess tent complete with tables and chairs, CD player. At each camp they also
have cooks which prepare and serve the team fantastic meals.
The proposed programme for
the next few days, weather depending will be once they have been to the North
Col (7000metres), they will then rest a day or two, before returning to the
North Col to spend the night, before descending right back to BC for a well
earned 6 day rest, before heading back up the mountain.
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