14th April - 19th April 2012 - Base Camp - Camp I and Camp II

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Climbing through Upper Icefall

Climbing through Upper Icefall

14th April - 19th April 2012 - Base Camp - Camp I and Camp II

After a day’s rest we head into the ice fall again, this time all the way to Camp 1 where we will stay the night and go on to 'touch' Camp 2. Shobita has decided not to continue with the Everest climb, so there are 5 of us now, but after a few minutes Johanna feels she doesn't have to power to continue either, so it’s just the four guys now.

We make good progress, and after a few hours rise above the ice fall into the Western Cwm. The scenery here is incredible and we arrive at Camp 1 among the huge mountains of the Himalaya. The tents have already been set up by some of the Sherpa team, so we have a relaxing afternoon before settling down for the night. I take a few minutes to photograph the evening setting.

In the morning we can see all the way to the Lhotse Face, with the West Ridge of Everest flanking the left side of the valley. Today we aim to go to Camp 2 for acclimatization and then back to Camp 1 either to stay another night of go back to Base Camp again.

It’s a long slog to Camp 2 at 6500m heading through the shallow valley, and Camp has barely been set up. We're lucky to get some soup and noodles from the new kitchen. This will be our new Base Camp for the serious climbing in the next week. For now we (Hussein especially!) are content to take a nap on the sun heated rocks and look up at our first real views of the huge face of Everest we will be climbing (via the South East Ridge).

The way back to Camp 1 is much quicker, only an hour down, as opposed to 4 hours up, but it turned out to be a long day, so we are happy to stay another night at Camp 1. Unfortunately, the combination of a cold and not so great high altitude cooking make for my worst nights sleep so far.

Mingar and Pemba have cooked some pasta, but half way through it I throw up 5 times. Surprisingly though I feel good! And have a Clif Protein bar instead. During the night I wake up about 10 times to clear my head cold.

Luckily I'm not tired, the minus 14 Celsius temperature helps with that, and I'm the first to head down to Base Camp at 06.30 am.

It’s good to be back for a breakfast of porridge and pancake :) and 3 days rest before heading back up the mountain.

Climbing through Upper Icefall

Climbing through Upper Icefall

 

crossing the ladder

crossing the ladder

 

Getting close to Camp I

Getting close to Camp I

 

at Camp I

at Camp I

 

Getting close to Camp I

Getting close to Camp II

 

Getting close to Camp II

Getting close to Camp II

 

Camp II

Camp II