Location: Camp 1
Local Time: 17:30, April 26
Weather: -12C in our tent overnight, fine until noon then snow.
Hi it’s Paul here.
Well today has been a pretty quiet day, with Jim and Jack heading up to Camp 2 (they both made it there fine), leaving just us and Dasona and Mingma at Camp 1.
We have been trying to get as many calories into our bodies as possible, and with plenty of good food here, it’s not too hard. Breakfast was tea, followed by banana porridge, then cheese, chocolate & beef jerky. For lunch Fiona had mashed potato with lots of butter and of course some more chocolate, in the form of mars bars and snickers. I just kept on eating cheese, which will come as no surprise for those who know me well. Fiona is very concerned that the one time in her life when she needs to eat as many calories as possible, and she’s surrounded by lots of chocolate, it seems to be losing its appeal. Maybe this will be the cure for her long-term addiction!
Yesterday evening we heard a loud avalanche and everyone was yelling to get out of the tents. We rushed out, Fiona in her socks and me in my bare feet, but luckily it didn’t get close. It’s safer to be outside of your tent rather than inside where you can be more easily buried.
My throat continues to get better and in fact it’s the best it has felt in few weeks. I am not sure if it’s these new antibiotics (Augmentin), or if my body is just healing itself. When I go out in cold air I can definitely feel it irritating, but a mask helps stop the coughing. I will have a good dose of codeine cough mixture before setting out tomorrow.
We heard that Mary has arrived safe and well in Kathmandu this afternoon and is now at the hotel. She flies to Lukla tomorrow morning and will walk to Phakding in the afternoon.
Subject to the weather we plan to leave camp 1 tomorrow at around 6am and then make our way up to camp 2. The climb should take about 3-4 hours and we have been told there are a few good ladder crossings to make. The ladders we have crossed so far are not as bad as we expected, and they certainly break up the journey. The key is to lean forward on the two safety ropes, as this helps stabilise your upper body. Some of the ladders are a bit wobbly and these need to be taken very carefully, with your foot placed right in the middle of the rung.
Hi Sara – As far as we know no one looks after the dog in the photo on Img’s web site. (This one has been named Mallory by our team.) There are a lot of dogs at base camp and we have been warned not to go near them, as it’s possible that they have rabies. I would imagine that they find enough scraps outside the numerous kitchens to survive.
Brad & Trace – Good to hear that things are going well with Paige. Jim said he got plastered with avalanche debris when taking the photos. I don’t know if I would have hung around that long. Hope things are going well for your move.
Sue & Andrew – The Gu is working really well and it’s the only snack we are eating while climbing. When we climbed through the icefall it was pretty cold and our water had ice in it, but the Gu was still ok, although it was a bit firmer than usual. It’s definitely been a big help so far. We are also using the Gu2o in our drinks – the sachets are very convenient. Thanks Guys.
Hopefully we will be reporting in from camp 2 tomorrow,