Everest 2019 – Review and Training Day in the Khumbu

Hello Everyone, Today we got out in the lower Khumbu Glacier practicing on steep terrain in preparation for our first rotation up the mountain. Eric, and Jangbu setup a challenging course for our team to practice on and we spent most of the day out ascending and descending ladders, ice, and pockets of snow. It’s pretty strenuous climbing in this type of terrain at elevation, but it felt good to move around and exercise a bit more than the last few days. Tomorrow we will head back out into the ice for most likely our last training day. We will set up another horizontal ladder to practice on along with some rappels down steep ice. Over the next several days we will continue getting ready to head to Camp 1, but it looks like we will have some bad weather in the coming days and our Sherpa will be working hard to get the necessary food and equipment up to Camp 1 and 2 before we head up. We should be in good position to head up on the 20th or 21st though weather dependent. Our team is healthy, and getting stronger by the day here at Basecamp! Thanks for following along! Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.


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