Daily Dispatches

Title: Everest Expedition 2008 Spring

17 April 2008: Today is a rest day for all except two of our party...

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Today is a rest day for all except two of our party. Most of the expeditions agreed to keep climbers / clients at base camp while Sherpa’s hauled the first loads up to camp one. Ngima (climbing Sherpa) and Pemba (camp cook for camp two) carried stoves fuel and tents up to camp one. They set up one tent and stored all the gear in it.

After a light snowfall last night the day was clear and windy. Chet and I got some laundry done by Ngima (cook helper at base camp). I got a welcome shower and clean clothes. I packed gear for going up to camp one tomorrow. I will stay the night and come back down on the 19th. The altitude (19,500 feet) has not been a problem, but this will be my first time carrying a load up there. My load is only about 45 pounds thanks to the Sherpa’s carrying all the tents, food and fuel.

Late this afternoon a Sherpa was carried down from the icefall to the HRA clinic. He had suffered a stroke on his way down from camp one. He has some paralysis on the right side of his body. The doctors stabilized him and a group of Sherpa’s started carrying him down to Gorak Shep at 5 PM. They placed him on a plastic chair and one Sherpa at a time will carry him on their back with a strap across their forehead (tump line).