Update: Tuesday 19th April,
8pm. Everest Base Camp
Diary by Harold Mah
There was drama on the
mountain today when one of the climbers from another expedition broke his leg
on his way to Camp Two. It took a big operation to get him off the mountain
with 20 Sherpas involved and he'll be flown off the mountain tomorrow. This is
a cruel environment and it's tough to see someone's dreams crushed so quickly
and completely. It left many of us huddled together in the dining tents
comparing climbing experiences including exploding oxygen bottles, Russian
drinking parties, New Year's Eve parties, protracted negotiations for coveted
chocolate brownies and dreams of favorite foods!
We have had a fairly gentle
time today, taking a one hour hike in the Base Camp area to take in more of
the sights and sounds of this dramatic landscape. Sean and one of the
researchers from Browns University saw a weasel today! These animals are
fairly common in Canada but I had no idea they lived at such high altitudes.
It was probably lost and very out-of-breath.
The weather forecast is
calling for snow in the next couple of days which will be a distraction, to
say the least. Right now, I wake up at 8.06am when the sun rises over the
mountains and hits our tent. The temperature inside the tent jumps from 0 to
+20 in a matter of minutes and it's too hot to sleep anymore. As long as there
is no cloud cover it's quite pleasant here, but as soon as the clouds come
everyone rushes for their coats.
Tonight we ate a traditional
Sherpas meal of Dahlbot (rice and lentils) which was delicious, followed by
canned peaches. Both Sean and I have to force ourselves to eat more as we have
lost weight and we need to regain it.
We will set off again up the
mountain soon and this time I hope to climb beyond Camp 2, which should be an
awesome experience. Sean is ahead of schedule, in terms of his
acclimatisation, and is looking to go for the summit around May 12th -14th.
But dates and programs change on a daily basis so we'll just take it one step
at a time.
More later, Harold
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