“Home” at Last
Mary here, Paul and Fiona left Camp 2 early this morning and came down safely through the Ice Fall and into Base Camp.
I climbed up to just past the crampon point to meet them and believe me, that was tiring! I was thrilled to be there and welcome them back-to actually see them and hug them!!
It was so exciting watching them coming down this morning-you can see them for ages…..just like little ants on the landscape.
They are remarkably fit and well, and although very tired, are in really good shape.
Although they had a very early breakfast up there, the Sherpas here gave them a second one of bacon and eggs, potato and pancakes! They really enjoyed it and are about to have a shower. Well, a bucket wash, but I can assure you, it is amazing how refreshing a bucket wash is. (Perhaps it could be introduced into drought affected Melbourne!)
Departing Base Camp
Base Camp is a very different place now- many of the tents are packed up as all the different groups prepare to leave. The weather is much warmer now and much of the ice has melted so there is a lot more water around.
We are going to pack up our bags this afternoon and head off downhill tomorrow. What took 12 days on the way in will only take about 4 days going out because you don’t have to worry about acclimatization on the way out.
We will stay in the lodges again and walk down to Lukla and then fly in that little plane again, but this time down to Kathmandu.
I am not sure when we leave Kathmandu as we have to change tickets etc but will know in the next couple of days.
I really want to thank Paul and Fiona for allowing me this unique and special opportunity to join then at Base Camp and to be a small part of their wonderful adventure. I think they are two of the bravest and most dedicated people I know and their generosity in sharing their trip with everyone has been fantastic.
Thanks to the IMG staff here for looking after me so well. How they produce such a high standard of meals out of that kitchen is amazing.
I would also like to thank all my family and friends (and new friends) who have been able to share this adventure with their thoughts, wishes and messages of support. These have been greatly appreciated.
Thanks also to Nick for all your help to make the IT side of this work so seamlessly and to my husband John who was always there answering my sms’s and giving me so much love, support and encouragement.