Local time: 25 April, 17:20
Location: Camp 2
Weather: Foggy, then fine in the morning, intermittent snow in the afternoon.
Hi it’s Paul coming to you from Camp 2. This morning we woke at 4:30 am to get an early start for the walk to C2, as it gets extremely hot.
Attila and I melted some snow for water and made some porridge for a quick warm snack. I find if I eat something I feel warmer. By 6 we had packed all our gear into our backpacks and then were ready to leave.
The walk to C2
It was quite cold when we left, and I only had old gloves. After 15 minutes my hands were very cold, so I tried warming them up by swinging my arms to get the blood down to my hands. This worked a bit, but not well enough, so I stopped and took out a chemical handwarmer. I always keep a few of these handy, because they can really help in a cold spot. (I have taken about 40 pairs of handwarmers with me to Everest). I opened the packet and shook the little pouch for five minutes. They take longer to warm up here, because there is so much less oxygen. Soon it was warming the inside my glove, and my fingers were fine. It was very breezy too, and I made sure that I angled my face away from the breeze, otherwise you can end up with a frostbitten nose and cheek. This is not easy when you are trying to look where you are going.
I bumped into TA on the way to C2. She was headed down. She looks great and has a slight cough, but otherwise was moving well. We stopped to talk for a few minutes before the cold forced us to keep moving.
The sun reaches us
At 8:10 the sun hit us and it started to heat up. All the effort of an hour ago seemed crazy as down jackets and warm hats were thrown off, in exchange for sun hats & sunscreen. On my top I wore only a white longsleeve top, and this kept me reasonably cool. My black pants absorbed as much heat as they could though If you are looking on Google Earth, you’ll see that we zig zagged back and forth for a long way near camp 1 to cross crevasses, then we started on a long diagonal traverse from one side of the glacier to the Everest side, where Camp 2 is located. Once you get to the Everest side you then head towards the Lhotse face to your camp.
Our camp is one of the furthermost away from C1 & while it would be nicer to be closer, it makes our climb up to C3 a bit shorter. There is probably half an hour walking between the first tents of C2 and our camp. We are near Adventure Consultants and IMG. I’ll share some more information about C2 tomorrow.
Hi Roger, You’d have no problem with the ladders, although you’d want to be a bit careful with the weight of your backpack. There’s only one way to find out!
Hi Jac, Yes, really looking forward to Fiona and co getting here.
Hi Kieran, My camera does get cold, so I often keep a battery in my pocket to keep in warm and then put it into the camera. You do have to be careful with cold on your nose.
Hi Cam, We don’t loose our footing – crampons help a lot, but there is an art to it. I am not sure how many ladders there are, maybe 30. I lost count.
Hi Jennifer, Yes, I have enjoyed the maple candy, flags, t-shirts and books that QECVI sent. Keep and eye out for QEVCI things showing up in photos. Have you read the Everest books? What did you think?
Hi Neil, Great to hear from you. You are probably taking Marg to the airport as I write this. I am sure she will have an amazing time.
Hi Jon, Great to hear all the news from you. Unfortunately I can’t receive photos up here.
Hi Lollie, Thanks for your message. What school and class are you from? In which country?