Day 20: April 15
This is Sarah Henley
reporting from base camp once again. At five this morning Willie, Gary,
Murray, and Gene left base camp for camp 1, along with all of our sherpas.
Tonight the team, less the sherpas, will camp there. Sherpas generally always
come back to sleep at base camp until later on in the climb. First of all,
they do this because it is better on one's body to sleep at a lower elevation.
Second, their bodies are already so acclimatized they do not need to go
through the same process as others. Thirdly, because they can (they are so
darn fast). These guys can go from base camp to camp 2 and back to base faster
than most can go from base camp to camp 1. They do not even get the credit
they deserve. We always here about the first this and the first that to summit
Everest but we rarely here about the amazing Sherpa people who generally are
the ones who make it happen or at least are a huge part. These are the folks
who carry all the huge loads up to the different camps so the teams have food
and gear up on the mountain. I am just in ah of the sherpas everyday!
Tomorrow our team will hike
to Camp 2, for the first time, and then go back to Camp 1 to sleep for a
second and maybe third night. This all depends on the weather and the well
being of the team members. Once they are back to base they will have a few
Not too long ago I heard from
Willie on the radio. They had just topped out of the ice fall and had about an
hour left till camp 1. The report is that the wind is a little strong. This
does not surprise me because the tents are getting quite a beating here at
base. He also said the conditions in the ice fall were fantastic this morning.
Apparently, Gene has a little
stomach bug and may come back to base today with a sherpa to get well. It is
tough to recover from anything at high altitude so it is best to rest at base
camp. Not to worry because Gene is very strong. I myself woke up with
something this morning - it must be going around. The rest of the team is
feeling and doing great, lets hope it stays that way.
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