Camp 1 delayed for a day

The team’s first trip up the Khumbu glacier was cut short when an avalanche damaged the upper part of the route through the icefall. No injuries were reported by any teams, but there will be no upward progress today so the team returned to basecamp and the warmth of their sleeping bags. The Ice Doctors should have the route repaired today so the team will have another 2:30 departure on Saturday morning. Hugo suffered a calf injury on the way back to basecamp so he will monitor the team’s progress from basecamp.

The Ice Fall and the Ice Doctors who tend it

The Khumbu glacier twists and winds it way down Everest's southern flank. As this massive river of ice reaches a set of cliffs above base camp, it spills over the edge where towering pillars and massive blocks of ice are frozen in their slow-motion fall. Climbers on the South Col route use a series of ladders and ropes to ascend through this hazard. The shifting glacier needs daily attention and this is where the Khumbu Ice Doctors work to modify the route as the pillars shift and collapse on a daily basis.

Asking Sagarmatha for permission

Sagarmatha is the Nepalize name for  Mt. Everest. This region is sacred to the people living in her shadow. It is traditional for expeditions to hold a Puja seeking permission from Sagarmatha for safe travel on the mountain’s rock and ice walls before ascending. This is an important measure of reverence and tradition that expeditions perform before climbing above basecamp.

 

Everest Base Camp

Just one step away from the throng at basecamp, High Adventure Expeditions has established a well organzied base camp featuring private tents for the climbers and a comfortable communal dining tent. Monday was set aside for organzing camp and settling in while Tuesday's goal was the Advanced Base camp on neighboring Pumori. The team took full advantage of the thin air at over 18,000 feet preparing our bodies for the thin air on the summit of Everest.

Base camp at last

Everest Base Camp brings a small measure of luxury to 17,500 feet. The advance crew has been hard at work making a welcoming home for the climbers. High Adventures Expedition's base camp provides small touches of home like carpet and showers to make the next five weeks more comfortable.

A dispatch from Hugo

The windy village of Lobuche serves as our last stop before the relative comforts of base camp. At 17,000 feet this small collection of tea houses is a cold, bleak and windy reminder of our position high in the Himalaya. The team is strong. All members are healthy and acclimatizing well: ready to see Everest Base Camp tomorrow and take on the next stage of our climb.

Napping is acclimitazation too!

The group took a nap at the top of Nargasang to further prepare their bodies for the ascent. Here is Ade, Bill and Hugo posing for a selfie at 17,000 feet.

 

 

Everest always in sight

The goal of our expedition defines the horizon in front and prayer flags along the trail frame the climbers experience. Progress continues as the team hikes out of Dingboche. On Friday, the goal was Nagarsang providing a dose higher elevation and important acclimitazation. 

 

 

A blessing from Lama Geshi

Participating in traditional ceremonies are an important part of the Everest expedition. We show our respect as we honor these traditions. On Thursday the team stopped at the home of Lama Geshi in Pangboche. Each team member received a blessing for a safe climb. They were given prayer strings and pictures to keep them safe. It was a wonderful experience and very special for each of the team members.

 

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