Day 33: April 28
This is Sarah Henley
reporting from Everest Basecamp. The guys seemed to manage ok without me!
Since I have been away from base for ten days I needed to be filled in with
what has been going on around here. I'll do my best to update you up until
On the 17th the crew came
back from camp 1 for a few days rest. Once they recovered they headed back up
but this time they slept at camp 2 for five nights. Camp 2 is at 6400 meters.
Gene and Gary made it up the Lhotse Face to camp 3, which is 7000 meters.
Murray unfortunately did not quite make it that far on account of one of his
crampons breaking. He had to go back to camp 2 with one crampon. It has now
been fixed so hopefully it holds.
The team came down from camp
2 yesterday. The plan now is to rest for four days and then make their way to
camp 3 to sleep for a night or two. After sleeping at camp 3 they rest at
base and then wait for a window of good weather to try for the summit.
All the members are healthy
and seem to be in great spirits which is a great sign at this stage.
Apparently, since I have been away the Ice Fall has been very active with bits
and pieces (often big) falling everyday. As the team was walking through a
large section, about an hour later, collapsed after they had passed. The "Ice
Doctor" and whoever else will contribute have been re-fixing lines and ladders
daily. There is actually a sherpa who is nick-named the "Ice Doc" and he is a
legend here. All this activity in the Fall means the teams need to move as
quickly as possible throughout this section. This is not a place to hang out
and wait for something to fall on you. Gary, Gene, and Murray have cut their
time in the Ice Fall by two hours, from seven hours the first time to now
being five hour. This time cut is only to their safety advantage!
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