Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 17:45, 8 April
Weather: Some clouds, warm during the day, -1C now.
Hi it’s Bridget here, typing with cold fingers after the 4 of us have just been out exploring the broader base camp vicinity.
Our camp is quite near the ice fall, but more and more camps have sprung up even since Chris and I arrived a few days ago, it’s a mini-city.
Walking on the glacier
Paul and Fiona took us out for a walk on the glacier – it’s beautiful out amongst the ice and its many formations. Must say that Chris and I were more nervous walking on the frozen surface than our experienced mountaineering friends!!
Chris and Paul took to determining the strength of frozen surfaces and ice formations by throwing rocks around like little kids … smash, crash, splash!
Further down the glacier we had a good look around a crashed helicopter from a few years ago.
Farewell to Base Camp from us
Chris and I leave tomorrow, and will be flying out of Lukla to Kathmandu in 4 days time. Amazing that it will only be a 4 day walk out after such a long walk in. But we’ll be 2,500 metres lower in 4 days! Without having to acclimatise we can tear down.
We’ve had an awesome holiday trekking into Base Camp. It’s been a privilege sharing the time with Paul and Fiona as they set out on their massive adventure. Even from the base of the ice fall at about 5350m it’s impossible for Chris and I to fathom what they are about to undertake. The IMG team have been great to hang out with. We’ll also miss our daily card challenges against Paul and Fiona!
Thanks for congratulatory messages
Thanks so much for all your messages congratulating us on our engagement! It’s made it feel real having shared our news with you all. Getting messages each day is such a highlight – and we’re only on a short holiday, so you can imagine how important they are for Paul and Fiona.
Namaste from Bridget and Chris
We’ll be sad to leave the lovely hills of Nepal,the great scenery and the friendly people. Will be nice to have a decent shower in Kathmandu though (and for Chris to shave off his beard)!
We’ll be checking in all the time from our next holiday destination India, and be following the climb from a beach (how lazy are we?!)
Bridget and Chris