Today we climbed up to camp 1 with all our equipment and setup at the upper camp which is at e height of 4600m.
It’s snowing quite a lot at the moment but it isn’t bothering us inside our tent and warm sleeping bags. It had also snowed overnight so the climb up didn’t get any easier.
As mentioned in an earlier update we didn’t like the look of the main camp & there was not much room left (only takes 3 tents in total), so we dropped down about 15m and dug ourselves a nice tent platform in the snow. See photo of our tent at camp 1.
We spent about 1 hour melting snow for water and have just had a dinner – peanut satay pasta with beans. On the way up here we passed a Russian guy coming down saying that he had got to the summit (he kept pointing up and saying “summit” and looking very pleased), but as his English was very poor and our Russian is non-existent, that was all we got out of him!
Plan for tomorrow is to head up to just below camp 2 where we have been told that at 5400m you can pitch a tent. This is 200m below camp 2, and will still make it a long day (800m height gain). In fact this will be one of the toughest days of the climb.
Paul and Fiona at Camp 1.