We woke to perfectly blue, clear, and calm skies here at camp 1 (21,000ft). It was also a very calm night, and everyone did well coping with our new sleeping altitude. After breakfast, and when the sun warmed our tents we got out and headed up the ridge above camp 1 to the base of the ice cliff. It took us about three hours, and we finally got to use our mountain gear, including big boots, crampons, harnesses, and ice axes. It was a good practice ascending some fixed lines and remembering the French technique with crampons. We felt a little tired under the hot sun but everyone did well. We are still acclimatizing but progressing well on the mountain. Tomorrow we will probably head back down to ABC for a couple more days of rest before our 2 nod of three rotations to the summit.
Thanks for following along,