Local time: 27 April, 17:45
Location: Camp 2
Weather: Cloudy and light snow for much of the day. -8C overnight.
Hi it’s Paul coming to you from camp 2. We took a walk out to the bottom of the Lhotse face this morning, and because of the fresh snow we roped up in case there were any concealed crevasses. Along the way we met some British climbers coming down from spending a night at C3 and it turns out that their friend is Cassra who is trekking in with Fiona. It’s a small world.
Recovering the dead Sherpa
We met a large group of Sherpas going up to the avalanche site to recover the body of the Sherpa that died yesterday. We offered to help, but they said they had enough people. About 3 hours later we saw them dragging the body on a sled back through camp 2.
About Camp 2
Our camp 2 is situated on the rocky lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Lateral moraine is moraine (rocks and stones) on the edge of the glacier. If you look at the picture of camp 2 our camp is on the rocky ridge. The green tent is the cooking tent and the dark tent to the left is the dining tent. The orange tents the right are our sleeping tents. Attilla and my tent is the third one along on the ridge. It’s very rocky and uneven, so you need to be careful when you walk around.
The icefall doctors
Mira asked for more information about the icefall doctors. The icefall doctors are a group of about 6 sherpas who setup the route from base camp to camp 2. They put in all the ladders and fixed line, plus go up it every day to check that everything is in good order. It’s run by the SPCC (search site for more info), and a fee is charged per climber to use the route. A profit is made on this service, which goes towards the cleaning activities of the SPCC. I am not happy with the icefall route this season, as in my opinion it’s unnecessarily dangerous. For example there is no need to go under the snow bridge, when a route could be made around it. Apparently there was a big collapse last night (no one hurt), so we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.
It’s an early start for us tomorrow so we can leave at 5am to descend to BC.
Hi MC, There are not many crevasses in the icefall – the main ones are above the icefall to c1 and c2. I don’t know if other people are commenting on the icefall, but the route certainly puts climbers in more danger than last year.
Tom G, Steve is a bit out of sync with me now, and has been in bc for the last 2 days. I’ll pass your message on when our paths cross next..