August 4- ABC: A big
hello from ABC! We made it into ABC yesterday late afternoon with no further
issues getting the yak drivers up. It was a very pleasant day- perfect
temperatures due to a bit of cloud cover yet plenty of sunshine. The whole
team is feeling great this morning after our first night here at 18,500 ft. We
even had most members sleeping well- a great sign for this altitude.
We’ve had a lazy
morning. Coffee, bacon, French toast accompanied by background tunes. I think
the team wasn’t expecting such a comfortable experience here at ABC. The
comfort is certainly a nice accompaniment to the difficulty of getting our
bodies adjusted to the altitude. Mike and Kevin are currently embattled in a
backgammon session that keeps going each time one of them pulls one win ahead.
Don is resting and most likely reading in his tent. Tony and Suzanne are off
checking out the ABC where most groups set up. We are a bit “out of town”. On
the wrong side of the tracks really- which suits this team.
Our staff is
constructing the chorten or centerpiece for our puja. Along with myself and
the 5 members we have 5 others working on this expedition. The first of course
is Lakpa Rita, sirdar and co-guide. We have 2 Sherpa climbing with us- Mingma
Tshering and Tshering Dorje. Our cook is Dilbahdur Thapa Magar, or Gopal for
short. Finally Lhakchung, a Tibetan, is helping out as our kitchen boy as he
has done the past few seasons.
We’ll be spending the night in ABC for approximately the next 5 days so the
team will be in contact with those back home.
All our best,
Dave and the team
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