9 April 2008: Today was basically another rest day...
Today was basically another rest day. We all continue to adjust and feel better at our current altitude of 17,600 feet. With the fixed line to camp one finished today we only need to have our puja before starting up the mountain. A lama will be in camp today for on of the large expeditions, so our 4 Sherpa’s hope to set up our puja up for tomorrow afternoon or Friday.
Camp duties included laundry for many in our camp. Terri and I had our cook helper to do our laundry. To our surprise Chet decided to do his own laundry. It did take him most of the afternoon and will take some time tomorrow to get it dried. Chet along with most of the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) staff worked to level out a helicopter landing pad. There were about 60 of the Sherpa’s at base camp that joined into level an area. Normally about 100 feet by 100 feet is needed for a landing pad. They were able to get the area leveled to about 45 feet by 45 feet. The Sherpa’s will work again on Friday to expand the pad size. This year is the first time that only emergency flights will be allowed to base camp and they must be called for by the HMA.
Mike Taylo (with HMA) went ice climbing in the afternoon just above base camp. There was a nice serac near camp that has been popular with several of the expeditions.
The weather has been beautiful since we arrived at base camp. The sky is totally clear in the morning with a few clouds arriving later in the afternoon. We get occasional snow flurries in the late afternoon. In the morning down jackets are worn and than shed by noon. Lots of sun cream and hats are needed to prevent sun burn. As the sun sets everyone is back in down jackets and caps. We are fortunate to have good heaters in our dinning tent, which allow us to hang out after dinner and on some nights watch a DVD on one of our laptops