Today was our rest day in EBC, which is to say that we were very busy. After wake up tea and breakfast, we went for a tour of the glacier. We walked among the natural ice sculptures formed by wind and sun at the foot of the Ice Fall, and watched climbers coming down from Camp 1. The sun was warm and reflected off every surface, making sunscreen a necessity.
Once we had taken all the photographs we could, we went to the Everest ER for a tour of the facilities. The tour didn’t take long, as we could barely fit the whole group in the tent, but the small size belies the huge impact that modern medical care has made for the climbers and Nepali workers at EBC.
Lunch at the Mess Tent was excellent as usual, and afterwards we finally got a chance to rest on our rest day. After a couple of hours of free time, we went in groups for a tour through David Breashears Rivers of Ice Base Camp Photo Exhibit. Mr. Breashears gave us a personal tour and explained the project his team had been involved in tracking the changes in the glaciers of the Himalayas.
In the evening the doctors from the Everest ER came by and we went over some case presentations. We were joined by a pair of doctors from the WMS Summit team who have just descended from Camp 3. Lively and informative discussion ensued on a variety of wilderness medical topics.
Another excellent supper followed. Those leaving tomorrow for lower altitudes will surely miss the excellent food we have enjoyed here. Those of us going on to Camp 2 will be able to enjoy it for a few more days during our glacier training.