Update: May 10th,
With longing senses we left behind the forest, flowers, and songbirds of
Deboche and began to retrace our steps back to Base Camp today. It was a
beautiful day with great morning views of all the surrounding peaks, as well
as Chomolungma peeking over the Nuptse wall. With this view it was obvious
that the long promised high winds had fineally arrived. A huge cloud plume was
blowing violently from the summit. We spoke to Lakpa at Base Camp via radio
today and he confirmed that the freight-train roar of the wind over the ridges
and summits was back this afternoon, but not before all thirteen of our Sherpa
who made it to the South Col with loads were safely back at Camp 2.
So, we are back up at Pheriche literally eating our way back through the
Khumbu. All appetites are back and doing well, but Nigel has the permanent
position of honorable mention when it comes to eating! We are hoping to dilly-dalley
long enough on our way back up to avoid the wind and bad weather hammering the
mountain above us right now. Our drop back rest has been wonderful for
recovery, but now it is time to begin refocusing on the mountain and the
challenge which we all came here for.
We have all reconfirmed our commitment to safety and to each other as a team,
and soon we will each in our own way harden our commitment within ourselves to
the final climb yet ahead of us; for many of us perhaps the greatest physical
challenge of our lives.
May the gods grand us the wisdom, strength, and above all the patience which
will be necessary in the next few weeks, to prosper and to prevail...
PS- Very warm Mexican Happy Mother's Day wishes for all you mothers in Mexico
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team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge
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