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Everest Tibet Looking for Weather Window

14 May 2014 -

Hey Everyone. This is Scott Patch with a dispatch for the Everest Tibet Expedition, today the 14 of May. The entire team is at Bascamp, with the exception of Jean Michel who joined us late and is acclimatizing at ABC currently.

We arrived at Basecamp on 9 May and have been keeping ourselves busy by visiting, playing cards, sending emails, doing laundry, taking needed showers, treks around basecamp (to glacier lakes just above us or a frozen river out of basecamp) .... and visiting the teahouses an hour or so walk from our camp.

Today, and the past few days, the sun has been shinning and temperatures warm and pleasant ... just lots of wind. Lows at night are only dropping to around 0 degrees Celsius.... and our tents are getting to 40 degrees Celsius during the day! Which helps dry laundry very quickly!!

So, we currently wait for weather to improve in order to head back up the mountain for our summit push. On the North side of Everest we need two things to still happen …. 1) We need approximately a 2 day window of good weather so the Tibetan Rope Team can get up on the mountain and secure the fixed lines from camp 3 (8300 meters) to the summit, safely. And, 2) a window of weather that will allow us to get thru the high camps … to the summit and back down, safely. Sometimes these two windows overlap and we can just follow the rope team up.

So the past few days have been full of meetings with Expedition leaders to discuss weather, rope options and summit strategies. So, for now we wait patiently for the winds to die down and our opportunity to climb to the summit of Everest. The high winds do offer us amazing views of Everest from Basecamp, with beautiful plumes of snow being blown off the summit …. Beautiful indeed!!

Yesterday we celebrated Arni Vatnhamar’s birthday! A very happy birthday to Arni …. We certainly enjoyed your birthday cake!!

Another great benefit of our basecamp down time is the fun of visiting other Expeditions! It’s always great to meet new people from other cultures!! What a better place to do it then at Everest basecamp!!

Thanks for following our expedition!! Over and Out!!!

 

Tent at North Col with route to Camp 2 seen up snowfield and Everest summit in upper right - Photo Mia Graeffe

Tent at North Col with route to Camp 2 seen up snowfield and Everest summit in upper right - Photo Mia Graeffe.

Trekking along the lower East Rongbuk glacier above interim camp - Photo Mia Graeffe

Trekking along the lower East Rongbuk glacier above interim camp - Photo Mia Graeffe.

 

 

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