Mt. Everest Expedition: Life at Base Camp

Posted by: Mark Tucker | May 06, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Tent life continues. Zippers make my doors, frost wakes me in the morning as it rains down when I move about in my little constricted space. No complaints here, just a bit of longing for those creature comforts I appreciate for at least a week when I return home, till I once again settle in on expecting those niceties to be at my beck and call. We have been getting some snow showers, so don’t forget to shake the toilet tent before entering or there is a good chance of getting a pile and I mean pile of snow down the back of your coat prior to entry. Definitely avoid this scenario, take my word that those three or so minutes of melt freeze down the back is no fun. Thank goodness for all the miracle fabrics from First Ascent, rest assured warmth is just around the corner.We have the cush life here at base camp compared to trips like Denali or what is soon to come for the team on the upper mountain here at Everest.

The team went for a nice hike to Kala Patar today. A nearby ridge hike with beautiful views of the upper part of Everest. We are too near the base to see the upper mountain form here. Lam Babu and Pasang made a trip up to
Camp 2 to check in on how things are holding up. Last thing you want is a big surprise when you arrive at an upper camp on a move day. He reports everything is in good shape. Sounds like there will be a push toward Camp 4 and the South Col tomorrow. A strong team will put the needed ropes in place to allow for safe travels to the final camp before the summit push.

We will have a meeting with Lam Babu tomorrow and will go over the whats and whens to keep this expedition moving forward. Not yet the summit push but we are getting closer everyday. These rest days and upper mountain tactics have proven effective in the past. As the route gets better and the weather continues to improve so do our attitudes.The excitement of the summit is helping carry the minds and bodies of this terrific group of climbers
onward and upward.

All’s well at Everest Base Camp,
RMI Guide Mark Tucker

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Glad to hear it’s been snowing a bit. Hope the weather improves for you guys

Zachary Zaitzeff

Posted by: zachary zaitzeff on 5/7/2012 at 4:56 pm

Be patient and stay strong…it will all work out as it should.  We are all pulling for the teams to have safe summits.  Thank you so much for the updates, we really enjoy sharing in your adventures on the mountain.

Posted by: D. Arnot on 5/7/2012 at 7:59 am

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