Local time: 30 April, 18:20
Location: Base Camp
Weather: Clear skies overnight, almost a full moon, -10C
Today was another scheduled rest day for me in base camp. I concentrated on eating, because I find I can’t eat much when I am up higher.
Breakfast was copious amounts of porridge, followed by pancakes and eggs. Lunch was potato salad, sandwiches, steamed vegetables and fried chicken. Really nice. I am really impressed by our cook Birbal and the food that he seems to be able to get his hands on – amazing.
On the 3rd of May, Attila and I, and hopefully Meagan plan to head up the icefall again to camp 1. We will stay there overnight and then move up to camp 2. After one rest day, we’ll push up the steep Lhotse face to camp 3 and stay there for one night. The next morning we will descend to camp 2 and the following day back to base camp, which will make it May 8, assuming we don’t loose any days to bad weather. If you are looking at other people’s schedules, you may notice that many of them don’t stay in camp 1. It’s easily possible to reach camp 2 from base camp in one day, but I don’t like it because it means you are walking in the Western Cwm in the heat of the day, which I find extremely tiring. Most people who do this then need an extra rest day at camp 2 to recover, so no extra time is gained. It’s so hard to properly recover at altitude, so I prefer to do smaller days that are much less taxing, requiring you to dip much less into your reserves and therefore require less recovery. In my mind it’s all about saving energy for the big push at the end.
Thanks for everyone’s messages. It’s particularly great to see the messages from people that have logged in. I speak for the 3 of us on Everest that these messages are easier to read and reply to :), because your name automatically appears on the top of the message. If you don’t login then when we receive these on a pda with it’s narrow screen, even a short message requires us to scroll many, many screens to see who it’s from. Messages from logged in users automatically list the name at the top, so we can see straight away who sent it, just like a normal email. If you are asked to solve the maths question, then you are not logged in. Thanks, it’s much appreciated.
Hi Craigb, Not everyone starts early. In fact I am one of the earliest. I prefer to avoid the heat from the sun, plus I think it’s safer. We all tend to go to bed at about 9pm, not because we are tired, but because it’s too cold to stay up, and your sleeping bag is much warmer. When we are not climbing, it’s not uncommon to spend nearly 10 hours sleeping, so there is certainly no sleep deprivation.
Hi billyf27, The weather looks warmer this year, but otherwise everything looks similar. I think that summit attempts will start around the middle of May. I plan to be after this, but it all depends on the weather. We’ll only know as we get much closer.
Hi Rose, Yes, Spring is definitely coming early here. Some people are talking about earlier attempts too, but it’s a little early to tell.
Hi Anik, Great to hear from you. Sounds like everything is going well with your Kili plans. Best of luck.
Hi Lou, There is not a single dog at base camp this year, which is a good thing. They were noisy at night.