EVEREST UPDATE via the team at home

Saturday, May 7, 2011 AT 13:18 PM Comments0 Comments

Today is Day 36 since leaving Heathrow on Saturday 02/04/11. There have been lots of interesting and new experiences. I’ve visited Kathmandu Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Pangboche, Dingboche, Ama Dablam, Lukla, Fienship Bridge and Nylam.
We’ve had blessings ceremonies from local Lama. I’ve flown, trekked, driven, climbed and camped. There has been the ‘luxury’ of rest days at Base Camp and more basic camping at the North Col.
I’ve been up to slightly above 7500m more than once and returned via Advance Base Camp to Base Camp. We’ve had hot sun, heavy snow, freezing temperatures, calm days and high winds.
All this was just the preparation and, particularly, acclimatization to the low oxygen levels at high altitude.

We are now all prepared and have tested and familiarized ourselves with the climbing and camping gear and the oxygen bottles and masks. The plan is to now take 3 rest days at Base Camp and then, depending on a weather window, move to Advance Base Camp, then North Col and then on to 7800m where oxygen supplies will be needed.. Then, again depending on the weather, we will make our summit attempt, probably between days 47 and 59.

Fingers crossed for good conditions!!

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