R & R at Basecamp

Posted by: | April 25, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575 ft.

Hi this is Seth checking in from Everest Base Camp. Today the group enjoyed a rest day at camp. We are all engaged in eating, drinking, card-playing, Scrabble-playing and general relaxing. It’s fun to have everyone in the same place at the same time. The guides spent the morning hashing out the strategy for the remaining two acclimatization rotations proir to our summit bids. The goal is to have everyone within a day of each other when it comes time for the final push. It’s no small task getting everyone on the same page as there are the inevitable minor illnesses that keep people hanging back for a day or two here and there. Our group is now set to start the next acclimatization round all within our prefered window. But for right now it’s all about the R & R.

The real heroes of our expedition were busy working today. The Sherpa team carried the last of the supplies and most of our oxygen bottles to Camp Two and now we’re all set to use that camp on our next rotation. I’m personally looking forward to heading up the mountain the day after tomorrow. I haven’t yet been to Camp Two this year and I am looking forward to spending several nights there this coming week. Last year Dave Hahn and I found several old oxygen bottles from the 70’s. I will use some of my down time there to explore the Western Cwm and see what artifacts I can turn up.

That’s all for now. Wish us luck on our upcoming efforts on the mountain.

Night exposure of the Khumbu Icefall from RMI Basecamp

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