Local time: 29 April, 18:20
Location: Base Camp
Weather: Very cold overnight, overcast and snow.
Today was a rest day at base camp, and I spent the time doing some much needed washing of clothes. However it never got very warm, so they are now frozen solid on the line! This is certainly not something that we ever have to worry about in Australia.
On a serious note, I am glad to hear that the big commercial teams are kicking up a fuss about the number of icefall doctors employed by the SPCC. I felt a bit unsure about writing about my criticism of the icefall route, but I am glad that something might be done about the situation. I really feel that the route could be made much safer, but this would require more manpower to explore safer alternatives.
Today we got acquainted with Martin Byrne, who is a newcomer to the team. Martin trekked in from Jiri, instead of Lukla, so it took him a lot longer to get here than us. Before the Lukla airstrip was put in, people had to drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and begin the trek from there in order to get to base camp. Martin is a police officer from Ireland and certainly keeps us entertained with his sense of humor and supply of Irish whisky.
I heard from Rudi at lunchtime to say that he had made it safely to camp 2 today.
Hi Cam, Thanks for your message. It’s often too cold to use the dining tent for anything other than meals, so we usually just lie in our tents and talk between the tents.
Hi Shanda, The sleeping pads keep us reasonably comfortable on the rocks, but not as comfortable as the camp bed that I use at base camp. It’s called a luxury low rise cot and the company gave me two to try out on the rough, uneven ground of Everest Base Camp. The way the cot is designed with independent legs, it seems to smooth out all the bumps. I’ll write more about it later, but it’s a great product.
Ann and Graham, The crevasses are about the same – in fact I even remember crossing some of them from last year with Fiona.
Hi Bill and Liz, Enjoy your trip!