The Climbing Begins
Greetings from Everest Base Camp. This is Seth.
Well our first wave has made the move to Camp One. Dave Hahn and Leif Whittaker are all set up there and are planning on spending three days acclimatizing before returning to Basecamp. Casey Grom, Chad Peele, Scott Jones and Rob Suero enjoyed a rest day today, while Wendy Booker and myself did a up-and-back mission into the icefall early this morning. Everyone is hanging tough and the teams down here are looking forward to joining Dave and Leif at Camp One in the next few days. We’ll be working out the final details of the timing this evening.
Some of our Sherpa team is spending the night at Camp Two tonight. They are getting this set up and ready for the rest of the team to start using the camp. The Sherpas that have remained at Basecamp are resting up before going to the Lhotse Face to participate in the ‘fixing party’. This is when Sherpas from many different teams install ropes from just above Camp Two to the South Col. Once those ropes are in place the teams can start moving gear up to Camps Three and Four in preparation for the summit bids.
The excitement is starting to build here. The climbing has begun!
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