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Waiting at Camp 2 4PM

We're still at Camp 2, although the plan was to be at Camp 3 today. The lines are still being fixed so we are patiently waiting, like all the others who are accumulating here for the Sherpa line fixing team to complete the job.

The team left at 2am this morning for Camp 2 (6600m). They are still enroute to camp at this moment. They will sleep there and will move onto Camp 3 (7200m) as soon as the lines are fixed. The plan is to sleep at Camp 3 for at least 1 night before dropping back to Camp 2, and then base camp (around Tuesday 30th).

Oxygen training 6PM

The team had an oxygen training session today. They learnt how to fit masks properly to their faces, practiced breathing through them, learnt about dealing with blockages, adjusting the regulator and troubleshooting.

We've had a relaxing day at base camp. The Canadian Lhotse team are up at Camp 2, their last rotation for this season. Unfortunately time is tight for them so they are heading back to Kathmandu via heli on the 25th. The rest of the team (Margaret, Warren, Chris and Peter) are preparing for the Camp 3 rotation due to start around Thursday.

Snow snow snow 8AM

After enjoying 2 nights at Camp 2, Margaret, Warren, Chris and Peter are now back at base camp. The Canadians are heading up to Camp 2 today. It's been snowing daily for the last few days, and the forecast is snow for the rest of the week.

Enjoying Camp 2 6PM

Our team of Lakpa, Margaret, Warren, Chris and Peter reached Camp 2 in good time today. Everyone is feeling strong and healthy, and they are now enjoying the comforts of Camp 2 on the Western cwn plateau. They will spend tomorrow night also at Camp 2 to further facilitate their acclimatisation.

Round 2 underway 12PM

Lakpa left this morning with Margaret, Warren, Chris and Peter to climb to Camp 1. They are sleeping there tonight and will move to Camp 2 tomorrow for the night. They will be back in base camp on Saturday after completing their second rotation.

Our puja or buddhist ceremony was held today under blue skies. We couldn't have asked for a more stunning day. The local lama chanted prayers for 4 hrs, he blessed our equipment presented at the alter, and we finished by throwing tsampa into the air as an offering to the spirits who watch over this land. This ceremony requests protection and success. It's an essential ritual we follow on all major expeditions.

The last few days from Pangboche to Dingbouche to Lobuche have been utterly beautiful. Today we have clear blue skies and serene mountains surrounding us as we trek the last few kilometres from Gorak Shep to our new home at Everest base camp. We're excited to say the least....to reunite with friends at camp, settle into our tents and our home away from home, and importantly, to begin our final mental and physical preparations before tackling the first hurdle, the Khumbu ice fall. For now, we're keen to eat some of Rabin's tasty cooking and have a much anticipated wash at camp. Ah the joys of base camp.

Contacting base camp 4PM

+977 980 840 3862. That's the number you ring to contact us here at base camp. We've set up a regular mobile/cell SIM (ie it's not an expensive satellite line) into a handset antenna for improved reception during bad weather days. Give us a call for a chat! Your regular rates to an international mobile will apply.

Blessed at Pangboche 7AM

We began yesterday by visiting the construction site of the Khumbu Climbing School. Once complete, the school will house aspiring guides training with local and international climbing guides. Lakpa has often volunteered his time as head guide during the winter training sessions.

After bidding farewell to the bustle and hustle of Namche bazaar, we hit the well trodden trail again towards Everest base camp. Though a familiar trail to us all, it is always enjoyable and was more so today with clear views of Everest and Lhotse off in the horizon.


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