The decision is finally made
that Group 1, already at Camp 2, will aim to summit on May 30. Group 2 will do
so the following day.The changes in the target summit days have been
frustrating and it was a relief that they have finally been fixed.
Just before lunch a call came
through from the Make It Real team. The six NUS undergraduates had summitted
Island Peak a few days earlier, a highly laudable achievement for a group of
new mountaineers. They had arrived at Gorak Shep, just three hours trek away,
so we invited them to EBC.
They arrived at about 4.30pm
and it was delightful to see them. All looked fit and well except for bouts of
cough and sore throat, which were quickly treated by our doctor Nguk. Their
visit was also special because it reminded the expedition directors of the
first MIR team that visited their base camp at Xixabangma in 2002. That
pioneer MIR team included Khong Lean and Stefen, now in the NUS Everest team.
Stefen was pleased to be at EBC to greet the members of MIR 4!
Meanwhile, up in Camp 2,
Lindley felt restless and decided to get some exercise by trekking to the foot
of Lhotse Face. It was an enjoyable trek which would prepare him well when he
leaves for Camp 3 on May 28 with Ernest.
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