Location: Everest base camp
Local Time: 17:20, May 4
Weather: Fine in the morning, light afternoon snow
Hi it’s Paul here.
Today we have been getting ready for our trip into the icefall and on up to camp 3. We plan to stay at camp 1, although a lot of people are going straight onto camp 2. If we feel absolutely fantastic when we arrive at camp 1 we will go straight onto camp 2, but this is unlikely. We have a small amount of gear that we are carrying up to camp 2, but most of it is already there, so our packs should be pretty light. We are taking Gu with us for use as snacks all the way up, chemical heat packs, and some basic clothes.
The dog at camp 2
More news on the dog today. Our camp 2 cook, Mingma, woke up this morning to find that 30 eggs had been eaten from our storage area last night. Unless one of the climbers got extremely hungry in the middle of the night, the only culprit can be the dog. (Not that any of us are too sad about this as those pre-cooked eggs were not our favourite!) We heard from Ang Jangbu late today that some Sherpas have walked the dog down on a makeshift leash. Great news.
The other IMG guys
I spoke with Jack on the radio today, and he arrived safe and well in camp 2 just after 2pm today. He will rest a day or so before going up to camp 3.
Jim is up at camp 2 today, resting. Dan has come down from camp 2 today. He climbed part way up to camp 3 yesterday, but the wind was very strong, and he decided to go back to camp 2 and try another day. This morning the weather was also pretty windy up high, so he decided to come back to base camp, rest and give it another go later. Dennis, Brenda, Fiona and I are going up tomorrow.
Mary has decided to stay one more night in Dingboche. Apparently there is going to be a Puja ceremony at her guide’s house, and she wanted to be able to see this. Mary’s tent and bed was setup at base camp today as well.
We had a suggestion whereby people write your state and country after your name so that everyone can see where the messages are coming from. I think this is a great idea.
Also a few people have said that they have posted a message and then couldn’t see it on the site. This is usually because they didn’t post the message to the latest update. All the messages do get to us, but if you attach your message to a previous update, you need to go back to that old update to see your message. It won’t automatically show up on the latest update. I know this can be a bit confusing, and we will try to fix this, but it won’t be able to happen until we get back home.
Anne, Yes the helipad that was used was the one we made when the Sherpas were killed. It did need a bit of restoration work, because some of the ice had melted in the meantime.
Hi RR, Thanks for your message and great to know you are still following.
Hi MC, Unfortunately we are going to be leaving before Mary arrives, but she still has at least 3 more days to get to base camp, so we should only be a couple of days away, assuming we don’t have to wait for weather.
Hi Greg, Good to hear from you. We were all thinking of you walking out from base camp for 3 days in such terrible weather. Passed on your message to Brenda.
All the messages for Jack were passed onto him last night. Jack is in camp 2 now.
Hi Lou, The oxygen tanks weighs 7 kilos and we put them in our packs to carry them. We will use two on summit day at a flow rate of 2 or 3 litres per minute. Each tank holds 1800 litres of pure oxygen, and they have been filled in the US and shipped over here.
Hi Andy, We were all making Darth Vader noises when trying out our masks. This is pretty easy, because you just talk normally and it comes out sounding just like Darth Vader! (The masks are made of a very flexible rubber which vibrates when you talk.)
Hi Steve, The bottles are all made out of carbon fibre. They feel about the same size as a scuba tank, but a fraction of the weight. All the scuba divers amongst us are very impressed.
MC, Compared with the Poisk bottles ours are huge and weigh 7kg compared with about 4kg. I reckon the difference is not much and you would hardly notice it, however having so much oxygen, plus less bottle changes and the US quality control, it’s well worth it. There have been some instances in the past with poor quality oxygen in Poisk bottles, although to my knowledge never with those filled in the Poisk factory in Russia.
Hi Roberta, Great to hear from you, and we will of course pass your message onto Mary when she arrives. She will be very pleased to hear from you. Really sorry to hear about your condition and we will be thinking of you. Please say hi to Ceridwen for us.
Hi Gabe, Our fellow IMG climbers Jack and Dan are keeping their local health food shops in business, (if the amount of stuff they have bought over here is any indication) and they haven’t been sick yet! On a serious note, we will ask them to write about what they think has worked for them, because they are just about the only ones that haven’t been ill.
Hi Jill – Yes, we are getting all your messages. Thanks a lot.
Till next time,