Day 17: April 12
This is Sarah Henley
reporting from Everest Base Camp. I can say today was the first official day
the team began climbing Mount Everest. After an early wake-up they hiked
through the entire Khumbu Ice Fall and continued to camp 1, at 19,900 feet.
Since it is their first time past 18,000 ft., this expedition, they came back
to base camp to sleep and rest.
Willie is in high spirits and
full of energy as usual. The rest of the guys seem good but are very hungry
The route this year through
the ice fall is much longer than previous years but much safer. The report is
there are some beautiful turquoise blue formations. Willie also describes some
sections as "popcorn ice", the size of cars and busses.
The most exciting ladder in
the whole fall is not one ladder, not two ladders, but six ladders tied
together at about 80 degrees, which crosses at the top of the ice fall. These
are 12 ft. ladders whice means this particular system was about 60 ft. long.
Gary said this part was definitely exciting and scary all at once. "The best
part was knowing it was almost the end of the ice fall. That is what helped me
across that ladder," he said.
The next two days are rest
days which is about what it will take to recover from this long day!
Day 18: April 13
This is Sarah Henley
reporting from base camp. This morning we woke to a good amount of snow on the
ground and our tents. Base camp with snow is just beautiful. Our sherpa team
were planning on carrying loads today, to camp 2, but that trip was canceled
because of the snow. The ice fall can become pretty hairy after a few inches.
Once the snow begins to melt ice starts to move and traveling through the fall
becomes dangerous. People do it but it is better to wait a day.
Today everyone is relaxing
after their long day to camp 1 and back. Tomorrow they will do the same!
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