12 May 2008: I guess the good news is that my next trip up will be for a summit attempt.
Ngima and I got up around 7 AM to have another go at camp three. I felt better this morning although not 100 %. Like yesterday there were many other folks (mainly Sherpa’s) heading up to camp three. We left our camp and followed the string of folks up the mountain.
Although not moving quickly we made decent time to the base of the Lhotse face. There were only short ladders sections to cross to get over crevasse along the way. From the base of the Lhotse face up to camp three you have the continuous fixed lines. There are two sets of lines which allow passing and also a route for descending climbers.
We got up to camp three (23,999 feet) around 2 PM after two hours to the base of the face and four hours of jumarring up the fixed lines. Tent sites are areas on the face that have been chopped out of the 40 to 50 degree ice face. You get to your tent by following fixed line from one of the two up / down lines. Basically you are in your tent or clipped into fixed line at all times.
I can’t say that I felt strong, but I was happy to finally get to camp three. I did get one egg and one piece of toast down for breakfast this morning. I had no lunch today and only got some hot water down for dinner. It will be nice to get back to base camp to get some food down.
I guess the good news is that my next trip up will be for a summit attempt.