Daily Dispatches

Title: Dick Morse - Lhotse Expedition 2012

19th May, 2012 - Camp II to Camp III

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19th May, 2012 - Camp II (21,000 ft.) to Camp III

Lakpa and I got up at 5 AM.  I packed up and had breakfast.  We left Camp II just after 6 AM and slowly walked up to the base of the Lhotse face.  It took two hours arriving just as the sun hit us at the base of the face.  As we started up the face we were moving a little quicker than planned and arrived at Camp III just before 10 AM.  We had not gotten any work about climbers on Everest, but were concerned about the hundreds that we had seen the previous day moving up towards Everest Camp IV.

Later in the day we got work that one of the four WMS climbers had reached the summit of Everest and eight of the Indian climbers had also reached the summit.  They were all staying at Camp IV tonight and planned to go down to Camp II tomorrow.

Lakpa and I settled into two of the tents at Camp III.  Among the five tents that were destroyed by the avalanche a few days ago was the tent Lakpa and I had stayed in last the first time we stayed at Camp III on May 2nd.  Fortunately the avalanche happened one day before the WMS and Indian climbers moved back up to Camp II.  Had those tents been occupied there would have been many ore injuries or worse.

We had lunch and the early afternoon remained sunny with light wind.  Before dinner the wind picked up and was blowing quite hard (20 mph with much high gusts).  During the night it even blew harder and was much steadier.

 

Lakpa moving up on a lower section of the Lhotse face

Lakpa moving up on a lower section of the Lhotse face

 

Remains of our five tents destroyed by an avalanche at Camp III

Remains of our five tents destroyed by an avalanche at Camp III