I woke up and started getting ready to leave at 6:30 AM. It was very windy overnight and continued this morning. I wondered during the night if our move up to Camp II would be cancelled. I should have known better. At Camp III and below I have not seen wind stop a carry or acclimatization climb.
After breakfast we were all ready to go at 9 AM. Lakpa was very nice to let lead out at my pace. I felt good, but wanted a nice easy sustainable pace. Not far out of Camp II we stopped to put on our crampons. Most of the WMS guys caught up. That was the last time we were with them until they got to Camp III. Lakpa and I had a few rocks fly by on the lower pitches of the Lhotse Face. Higher up it was just chunks of ice.
Lakpa and I got to Camp III at 2:30 PM. It wasn’t a fast trip, but slow and steady. Over the last few hundred yards I definitely felt the altitude (about 23,500 ft.). Once in our Tent I felt good. We had hot drinks and soup for lunch. With the sun still out and a stove going we actually opened up the tent vents to keep from getting too warm. We did still have our down suits on, which is probably why we were so warm. When we were coming up the Lhotse Face the down suit definitely kept me warm, even with the high winds coming down off Everest and the South Col. Pasang the other Sherpa with Mingmar arrived at 4:30 PM. All the rest of the WMS group arrived by 5 PM.