Daily Dispatches

Title: Dick Morse - Lhotse Expedition 2012

1st May, 2012 - Camp II (21,000 ft.)

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Lhotse Expedition

1st May, 2012 - Camp II (21,000 ft.)

The wind died down over night and it was clear this morning.  One of the WMS doctors mentioned that it was 5 degrees Fin their tent this morning when the sun hit camp.  It was definitely colder outside.  I will bring my thermometer with me next time I come up.  Lakpa brought me tea in my tent a little after 8 AM which is when the sun hits Camp II.  Even at this altitude the tent heats up quickly when the sun hits.

After breakfast I straightened things up in the tent and dried out my sleeping bag and some clothes.  Even with vents open quite a bit you get a fair amount of frost inside.  After lunch the weather was still pretty good so I went for a couple hour walk up towards the Lhotse Face.  There were many Sherpa’s carrying loads up to Camp III.  Each day you can see more tents set up at Camp II for the increasing flow of climbers coming up.  Tomorrow I will go up and spend the night at Camp III, a little over 23,000 ft.

After I got back from my hike I sorted out what I wanted to take up with me for the night at Camp III.  Then I laid down and rested an hour before dinner.  We had little wind this afternoon, but lying down in my tent I can really hear the wind blowing up on the South Face of Everest.

When the sun dropped down below the horizon the temperature drops quickly.  It makes the warmth of my sleeping bag look pretty good.  At base camp we have a heater in our dinning tent.  At Camp II we don’t have a heater, so dinner than off to bed.

Loads being carried up Lhotse Face to Camp III

Loads being carried up Lhotse Face to Camp III

 

Our tents on the Lhotse Face (Camp III)

Our tents on the Lhotse Face (Camp III)