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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Everest Update

Just wanted to send a quick update to follow up on my last not-so-pleasant post. We have now gone through the ice fall 3 times, and there haven’t been any serious issues with anybody on our team. We all still know it’s not the safest place to be, and we respect it, but it’s not going to be a reason we go home.
I have now been away from home for over a month. I don’t know if I can say the time flew by but it hasn’t dragged on too much. We have just one more acclimatization trip planned up into the mountain, where we will sleep at camp 3. Then we come down, recharge our batteries in one of the lower towns, then come back to base camp and wait for everything to fall into place for the summit attempt.

Me in my private tent at Base Camp.

Personally I feel quite good. I have lost a bunch of weight already, but I think I still have enough in me to go on and make a good try for the summit. I feel strong and I still have a decent amount of muscle mass in my legs. We will see if that will be enough, but all things considered I feel pretty good.

Our Base Camp at night, in the background is either a lightning storm that is taking place well below us, or some sort of heat lightning.

That’s all for now, hope everyone is well back at home. Though we still have a bunch of work ahead of us here, we’re all looking forward to getting this thing over and done with and going home. We all discuss and wonder about those people that climb this mountain more than once, or those that hear about us going and say “Oh wow, I’m envious, you’ll have such a good time, I wish I was back on Everest!” Maybe it’s the fact that after a period of time all the hardships selectively leave our memory, and only the good memories remain. Well let me go on record while I still go through all the bad things and say those people can go knock themselves out and have this mountain when we’re done with it. There’s not much fun to be had in climbing Everest.

Anyways, didn’t mean to go off on a tangent like that, but once again take care everyone, all the best back home, see you when I get back!

The stars shine very bright up here in Base Camp, this view is looking above the Khumbu Ice Fall.

posted by Mike at 14:05  


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