Rest and Recuperation have been the main goals over the past few days. Our group descended after recently spending two nights at camp 1 and now enjoys Pringles and cards in the afternoons.
The nineteenth felt much like a snow day with significant accumulation and colder temperatures. We all stayed in camp and I cancelled a day hike for me to Gorashep to access the internet. In the afternoon Bob and I did a photo shoot in the ice fall for Johanna which was fun (and cold!)….
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERVE …..
On the twentieth we were joined by Richard and Terri Morse. Richard is an old friend of Mingmar’s who is back to climb Lhotse. I walked down to Gorak Shep and had hot tea and accessed the internet, much as you would do at any coffee shop back home, except that it involved an hour long walk over rocks and ridges. Back at camp the rest of the team enjoyed the sun and the brief warmth of the day. The second group of trekkers arrived today, and since their numbers were great, we were displaced into another dining tent to join the docs from the Everest ER (EER). We enjoyed CME lectures on submersion injuries and another discussion of case studies from the EER. These lectures were given by Rachel and Hashish; the doctors for this climbing season.
The twenty-first brought clear skies and warm temperatures so a climb to the base of a local peak to view Everest seemed to be a good idea. Huseyin was the powerhouse today as he cruised up the hill and was interested in going further up (beyond the rest of our collective energies…). Views of Everest from Pumori base camp ridge unfortunately were fleeting and mostly covered in clouds. It looked as if Chomolungma had her own weather system today.
Our return to camp was like returning home which has been made very comfortable…we watched ‘Salt’ a spy movie featuring Angelina Jolie. The weekend was started off with ‘The Last King of Scotland’ and ‘Across the Universe’ very different films; all entertaining.
Today, the twenty second, was a day for laundry and shower for some of us, and more rest for all of us…we learned that last year chocolate brownies were made and have been pressuring our cook all day with this request….
Tomorrow we plan to go climb to Pumori camp 1 to stay in shape as we wait for the ropes to be fixed up to camp 3 for Everest…