Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 17:30pm, 1 May
Weather: -5C overnight, warm in the morning, snowing heavily now
Hi All, It’s Paul here.
There has been another accident in the icefall today, involving an Italian person climbing Lhotse.
The person was descending through the icefall alone and slipped, hitting his head hard. Apparently he wasn’t wearing crampons or a helmet. People found him on the side of the route with his head in his hands, vomiting. When the alarm was raised a group of Sherpas including two from IMG, climbed up to him with oxygen and a stretcher and then carried him down – an amazing feat given the terrain.
A number of members from IMG also climbed up part way and helped carrying the stretcher. We took him to the helicopter pad and a helicopter was requested, however in the end it couldn’t come because of oncoming bad weather. This was extremely frustrating. We then carried him back to the HRA medical clinic, where he is going to stay the night. Hopefully the weather will be OK in the morning for a helicopter to take him out.
Catching up on base camp duties
Both Fiona and I did our laundry this morning, and of course we have been eating lots. I have lost a bit of weight on the trip up high so I am seeking to remedy this as fast as possible. I have been sticking mainly to cheese, and Fiona to chocolate. The NASA team also gave us some chocolate cake which we both enjoyed.
Mary has access to the internet today and will hopefully post as message to the site. We found out that Mary’s guide, Tashi, is the Sirdar that we had on our Trek into Base Camp. Tashi is a great person; really friendly and always eager to help out whenever needed. She is definitely in very good hands.
Bud left us yesterday, unfortunately he didn’t feel well and decided to go home and seek expert medical advice. We understand that everything is OK. We shall really miss Bud – he was always great to talk to and I particularly was interested in hearing about his long and successful property development career. One of the things I found out about Bud was that in his spare time he uses his own plane and fuel to fly sick people around the US for medical treatment. He said that sometimes you think you have a lot on and life isn’t too good, and then you meet someone who has a baby that is very ill and it puts your issues into perspective. Bud will be missed by all the team here and hopefully he’ll be back next year.
We passed all the messages onto Jim. Tam, Dennis doesn’t know either what “bag suck” is.
Hi Tony, Dad has been keeping us informed of your situation and we are both thinking of you from near the top of the world. Keep your chin up and we hope you get better soon.
Hi Sandy, Fiona loved seeing your message. Says you are as crazy as her mum.
Hi Jazmine, Great to hear and know that you are following us. Things have certainly moved on since the last time we saw you. Hopefully our paths will cross again sooner than later.
Hi Deb, Dan is up at camp 2 at the moment. Today they walked out to the base of the Lhotse face and climbed up it a little way. They are all back at C2 now. I think the plan is for a rest day tomorrow and then go up to C3 the day after. When he gets back down, he’ll do another post, assuming we are here.
Bye for now,