Sorry no update last night. Yesterday was a hard day getting to Camp 2. We actually made great time at a slow but consistent pace. Slow is a relative term at these altitudes. We also have the added benefit of at least a foot or more of new snow in the last few days. For the most part the trail was broken by many Sherpa and some climbers ahead of us, but it was windy so most of the trail was filling back in as we climbed. Lakpa Rita Sherpa and our three other Sherpa’s (Kami, Ang Nuru, and Nima Tenzing) were working hard carrying loads and breaking trail. As the day went on and the conditions deteriorated, and when most other Sherpa’s had decided to turn around, Lakpa Rita Sherpa was there once again to lead the way and to show the safe way up slopes that were being loaded with snow. Lakpa Rita is one of the strongest people I have ever seen in the mountains and always a pleasure working with him. Once I arrived to Camp 2 with our climbers Lakpa had plenty of hot water waiting for us. Exhausted he still had a smile on his face, really the only thing you can do after a long tiring day in the mountains at altitude.
The team did excellent as well, pushing themselves without complaint on a long tiring day. This was the highest the team members had ever slept before. And for most of us, it’s not really sleeping but a lot of tossing and turning, and checking your watch. It was windy most of the night which didn’t help for sleep either. We woke to more wind and snow, had breakfast and packed up to head down to the comforts of ABC. It took us about 6 hours to descend all the way to ABC and of course we’re promptly greeted by a late lunch prepared by Gopal. After a couple days rest we will be ready to head back up for the last of our rotations up the mountain to the summit. We will be watching the weather and hoping the fixing team will be able to reach the summit in the next couple of days.
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