Local time: 5 May, 17:15
Location: Camp 2
Weather: Sunny and warm, but -8C overnight.
Hi it’s Paul coming to you from camp 2. Today we rested and ate; toast, eggs and muesli for breakfast, and sandwiches, apple pie and tinned mango for lunch. Who knows what dinner will bring! Hopefully tomorrow it’s off up the Lhotse face to C3, which will be a big day and our first real taste of climbing.
What to wear
I have been going through my wardrobe up here trying to decide what to wear up to C3. Down suits were the fashion last year (well, strongly advised), but we ended up getting very hot and sweaty. This can have a long term negative effect on the loft and therefore warmth of the suit. However it can get cold as you climb up to +7200m, so what to do? Well, I have been given a Jett heated vest to test in the altitude and cold of the Everest, so I have decided to take this to camp 3 instead of the down suit. The Jett vest is a reasonably new product, and it’s normally worn by motorcyclists, but I think it could be really useful in climbing, especially for emergency situations. It’s extremely lightweight, the battery lasts for over 8 hours and there are 3 different heat settings. I have tried it here at C2 and within a minute you can feel the warmth down your back and spine. So, I will wear the same gear that I left base camp in, plus the heated vest and some thermal underwear. This will save me a lot of weight, which is really important up at this altitude. The wind is an important factor, so I will have goggles to help out here. Everything else is windproof.
Asian Trekking experience so far
Lhakpa sent me a message from Namche yesterday, to say that he starting to feel better. Asian Trekking have provided me with another Sherpa, although I didn’t ask for a replacement for this climb up to C3. I must say how happy I have been with the service provided by Asian Trekking and all the staff. I have been made to feel like a valued paying customer, which I can tell you is very different from our experience last year with a different company. I get the feeling that Asian Trekking get their business primarily through referrals and not through flashy web sites or smooth talking people; I was referred to them by many climbers who had used them on repeat trips. It seems to me that they are really trying hard to please.
I had so much fun reading Julia’s update, that I showed it around to everyone here at camp 2. A lot of laughs.
Hi Rick, Thanks a lot for your message. Glad you enjoyed our updates from last year and that you are following along this time as it unfolds.
Hi Ann and Graham, The base of the cot looks like it made out of a reinforced plastic material. It looks very similar to a modern sail on a yacht.
Hi Bill and Liz, Great luck with your trip. Glad you liked the dogs.
Hi MC, It was so amazing to see Pat at almost exactly the same spot as I did the last time.
Hi JB, It’s a good point. The mask wants to sit a little lopsided because the bottle is on one side. There is a clip provided to attach the bottle to your down suit or harness, to hold its weight. This works reasonably well.
Hi Jennifer, I am feeling fantastic this time on Everest. My health is 100%, we have a very strong team and there are no chest infections, which is really good. I am not at c3 yet, but I promise I will write and tell you about it. If you ask me a question and are logged in, then I will definitely answer you.
Hi Paula, Can you email Lhakpa and tell him not to hurry back. I will be annoyed if he comes back early and isn’t 100% better! Will say hello to Ptemba. He is such a great guy – funny sense of humor and really knows his stuff.
Hi Ken, Yes, its very civilized. I felt a bit silly sharing Australian made Hungarian Salami with a Hungarian, but he said it was not too bad. We also had slices of garlic too.
Hi Meals, Yes you are very naughty, but all is forgiven.
Will hopefully be coming to you from 7300m tomorrow.