Today we did some training in the lower Khumbu glacier. Our team did an outstanding job getting through the obstacle course that Eric and Jangbu set up. We had one horizontal ladder, a vertical ladder, and many ups and downs over ice fins to simulate what the icefall will be like. Our climbers have come prepared and skilled in moving through this terrain. We will continue our training tomorrow and then see what else we need to review before heading up on the mountain. Our climbers always come skilled but we review some new techniques and also just want our team to efficiently move through the Khumbu icefall so we practice. We will probably also spend some time just manipulating carabiners, clipping and unclipping around knots and pieces of protection that will be holding the ropes to the mountain. This is an important skill to have as we will be doing this hundreds of times as we ascend and descend the mountain. All of us guides were very happy with our team’s performance today and look forward to another day tomorrow out in the ice. The day after tomorrow will be our Puja, a Buddhist ceremony asking for a blessing for safe passage for our entire staff and team members on Mt Chomolongma (Mt Everest). This is always a serious but fun time to bring our entire group together, and it has to be on an auspicious day in the Sherpa calendar.
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