Day 35: April 30
Sarah Henley reporting from
Base Camp. Today Willie put the guys through a challenging
experience. Yesterday I mentioned Willie and Phendan Sherpa were fixing an
imaginary Hillary Step for practice. Well, they had a chance to practice
today. This is a good idea for a few reasons. First, the Step is steeper
terrain than they will have seen yet on the mountain. Second, Willie had them
warring their big goggles and oxygen masks during the practice because there
is nothing quite like it. Gary said, " it is amazing how much sight you loose
warring that stuff. You can't even see your feet right in front of you". So
you can imagine the importance of getting used to this, or at least as much as
one ever could, before summit day. Lastly, the Hillary Step gets clogged up
with people because at that point in the climb folks are slowing down because
of the altitude and the terrain is more challenging. Willie simulated this
experience by pulling and tugging on the rope below them. From what I have
been told it can be like a huge traffic jam. If people had horns they would
be honking them. Gene said, "Willie put us through hell, but I know we need
to experience what it will be like as best as possible".
After this activity all four
of our team members crawled into their tents for an afternoon nap. Tomorrow
they have one more rest day before they begin their assent to camp 3. This
will be the last bit of the acclimatization process.
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