This morning we went back up the Khumbu icefall. Mingmar, Ngima, Pemba and I were heading to camp two. Chet and Kame were heading to camp one. The Sherpa’s and camp two cook (Pemba) were carrying about fifty pounds each. Chet and I carried light loads.
This was my fourth trip up the icefall and it was quite easy and only took about 3 ½ hours to get to camp one. Unfortunately at camp one I had to pick up all my gear from my previous trips up there. The Sherpa’s going on up to camp two with me also had to pick up additional food fuel and tents. From camp one to two I carried about 55 pounds while the Sherpa’s had over 70 pounds.
When we arrived at camp one Pemba fixed hot drinks and soup. By the time we left for camp two it was noon and getting very warm in the Western Cum. Without the heat and sun it would normally take about two hours to get from camp one to two but it took us nearly 3 ½ hours.