Day 39: May 4
This is Sarah Henley reporting from Everest Base Camp. I just got word from
the guys and they made it to camp 2 in about seven hours. This is such great
time! They will have a rest day there tomorrow, then the next day head up to
camp 3 to sleep for one night. The winds are still quite strong up there, so
let's hope they die down soon.
INTERVIEW WITH MURRAY RICE:
Sarah: What is life like at Everest?
Murray: Lots of time spent acclimatizing, with some climbing in between. Views
are good. Lots of reading. Many comforts at Base Camp, like showers and a
heater in the mess tent. The food is good.
Sarah: What were your expectations of the Lhotse Face?
Murray: Moderately steep, unrelenting ice. I've been there before in 1987.
Sarah: Now that you have been there, what has been your experience of the
Murray: Since one of my crampons broke and I was unable to do much on the
face, the initial experience was a disappointment.
Sarah: How has the altitude effected you in comparison to what you thought?
Murray: About the same. I remember being altitude sick for about a month
straight in 1987, and it's been about the same this time.
Sarah: When you are up on the mountain do you look forward to coming back to
base camp? Why?
Murray: Sometimes, to avoid the cold or to be less affected by the altitude,
and just to change camps.
Sarah: What is it like for you to have the Sherpas as part of the climbing team?
Murray: Itis good. There is a security in having their strength, endurance,
and experience on the team.
Sarah: Name a special quality of one of the Sherpas.
Murray: Phendan, Mingma, and Undi all have the characteristics as above.
Plus, they are all good natured and helpful.
Sarah: Share a funny experience you have had on this trip.
Murray: Let me think on that.
Sarah: Why Everest???
Murray: It's a big climb.
Sarah: Any words of wisdom to friends and family back home.
Murray: I'll be back before you know it.
INTERVIEW WITH NEMA UNDI SHERPA:
Sarah: What village are you from?
Undi: The village of Kharichola, the same as Phendan.
Sarah: What is your climbing experience?
Undi: I have taken a Basic Mountain Training course through the Mountain
Association of Kathmandu. This course covered rock and ice. I became a
climbing sherpa in 1998. Before that I was a kitchen boy for trekking trips.
Sarah: How many times have you climbed Everest?
Undi: I have climbed Everest five times but only summited once. Most of
those times I had to bring clients down.
Sarah: What is it like being away from your family for such long periods of
Undi: I live with my mother, and when I am away I miss her very much.
Sarah: What are your thoughts about working for Mountain Madness?
Undi: This is my first time working for Mountain Madness and it is good. I
have worked with Willie four times.
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