Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 17:45, 23 April
Weather: Fine 1C no
Hi all it’s Paul here.
Well today has been spent packing gear to carry up to camp 1 tomorrow. Although I am far from 100%, I want to go up to Camp 1 and see how things go. If I really run into trouble, then we still have enough time to go down the valley and get really well before trying again. There will be quite a team of us going up tomorrow, and with the few people that are already at camp 1 it could be a bit crowded.
We are going to have breakfast at 5am and then head up into the icefall at 5:30am. We should be at camp 1 around midday, but we will be taking it slow in the safe parts, so it might take us a bit longer. We will spend a couple of nights at camp 1 and then if we are feeling ok go up to camp 2. After spending 3-4 nights in camp 2 we will come back down to base camp for some welcome rest.
We have got our climbing gear ready, snacks for the climb (Gu gels, as we are finding these are really easy to digest and provide good energy), radios (we will radio our position back to base camp every hour), clothes, walking poles, down suit, jacket and vest, a couple of books, and our first aid kit. This has all been packed away ready for a quick departure tomorrow.
Communications above base camp
We will be taking all our technology up with us, so we should be able to bring you live pictures and reports on our progress. However it’s possible that the satellite phone will not work as camp 1 is in the Western Cwm; a narrow, deep valley between Everest and Nuptse. These mountains may prevent us from getting a link with the Thuraya satellite, which is a geostationary satellite (doesn’t move), so if our view is blocked we will be off the air for the time we are up there. This has happened to us once on another mountain.
Thanks for everyone’s messages about Phinjo. We have heard that IMG are going to set up a fund for his family. When we have more news we will post to this site. IMG’s web site is www.mountainguides.com and I imagine that it where they will provide details.
Michelle – great to hear from you. We have passed your messages onto Jim. Please don’t hesitate to send messages to him through us – it’s really no hassle at all. Jim says he loves you and will talk to you soon. He has tried a couple of times, but the sat phone has been out of service. He is heading up to camp 1 with us tomorrow – should have time to write an update on our site in the next days.
Joseph – will pass on your message to Dasona.
Alan A – Thanks for helping Nick and us out. Much appreciated.
Deb – Passed on your message to Dan.
Tam – Your question about muscle wasting has got us all talking. Most people think that they are losing muscle mass and fitness, but we are trying to do walks every day, even if it’s just for an hour. Some people have been doing weights with rocks, and pull-ups with two ice axes hammered into overhanging ice. We haven’t done much for a couple of weeks as I have tried to get healthy. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.
Bye for now,