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Everest Tibet Team Makes Base Camp

16 April 2014 -

I am pleased to report that the team arrived safely to Everest Base Camp (Tibet) on Monday 14 April. We have spent two nights here in EBC resting and acclimatizing after the 900m jump in altitude from our last acclimatization post in Tingri (4300m). The base camp on the Tibetan side of Everest is spacious and well laid out. SummitClimb has a central location in EBC and our members are enjoying the chance to meet people from other teams who are attempting Everest from the north side.

Yesterday, some of our members walked down to explore the Rongbok monastery which has an excellent view of the mighty north face of Everest. It is a very peaceful and spiritual place. Others explored the pristine mountain lakes just above EBC.

Our nights are spent enjoying the excellent food from our cook Kippa and honing our skills in the card game Uno. So far the Australians are showing the rest of the world how Uno is meant to be played and won. =)

Franz our resident photographer is taking some brilliant pictures including a time lapse of Everest at night. Some of the photos are very large so uploading them is proving difficult but we are working on a way to shrink them so you can call enjoy the views from EBC.

Looking ahead, we will spend another two days here in EBC before heading to Interim Camp (5800m) on 19 April. After two nights at Interim Camp, we will make our way to Advanced Base Camp (6400m) where we will stay for approximately 4 nights practicing our ice climbing skills and fixed line management skills ahead of making our ascent of the North Col (7000m).

Thanks for following our progress on the mountain. We think of you everyday.

With warm regards,
Tom
North Col candidate


13 April -

G'day everyone from Garry Williams and the SummitClimb Mount Everest Tibet team in Tingri this Sunday 13th April 2014. Everyone's ok and our international team of climbers are all geling together really well. We're currently staying at the Hoo Han Hotel while we rest, relax and acclimatise. The rooms are comfortable, clean and the food is tasty and plentiful. We're currently at 4300m above sea level so everyone's feeling the altitude in one way or another - slightly breathless and mild headaches are common; though I've discovered that Lhasa Beer helps a lot with acclimatisation and carb loading!! The team spent the morning strolling around this ancient town and gained a vantage point for our first view of Mount Everest. It was fantastic to finally get to see the expedition's ultimate goal; as well as Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. Most of the Sherpas have headed off to set up basecamp and we'll be following them there tomorrow. Thanks for following our team on SummitClimb news, we all really appreciate your support.

Stay tuned for the team's next dispatch where we'll all be at Everest Tibet Base Camp.
 
 

 

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