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Back at Everest Base Camp
I made it up to Everest Base Camp yesterday morning and I am feeling fit and well. It is great to be here amongst the colourful village of tents housing so many hopes, dreams and egos! I am being well looked after by the Adventure Consultants team and have my own tent that I can stand up in and a camp bed - pure luxury and definitely a step up from Cho Oyu.
The timing for my arrival was really good. I had stormed up the valley from Lukla taking just over 3 days to get here (it is so much easier when already acclimitised). Yesterday was a rest day for the Adventure Consultants team before they headed up into the Ice Fall this morning at 3am - they are now up at Camp One and will be away for the next 5 nights. I had a chance to do some video interviews yesterday afternoon. I have some great footage from some team members as well as from the legendary guide Ang Dorji who has climbed and guided on 17 Everest expeditions and been to the summit 14 times. It includes him talking about being with Rob Hall on the fateful 1996 expedition. So I am looking forward to putting that material together when I get back home at the end of the month.
I got up at 3am to see the team off as they crunched away on a crisp moonlit night into the jaws of the incredible Khumbu Ice Fall. As I went back to the comfort of my sleeping bag I thought of them in the midst of towering seracs of ice which could crumble at any moment, and crossing ladders that bridge deep crevasses. The territory that is sometimes called "the dragons lair". Meanwhile in my tent the frozen lake next to me gave an enormous crack. I was not sure whether to interpret this as a good sign or not! I slept lightly, woken every hour or so by the rumble of the glacier as it makes its relentless way downward continually wishing the climbers well. It was a relief to get up at 8am and hear over the radio that all the teams were safely in Camp One.
I will be staying here in Base Camp for the next few days and will update you when I can. It is an incredible privilege being here and having the opportunity to "take in the Everest vibe".
Wishing you all a life of adventure and inspiration.
Posted by Sarah Wilson - Adventure Coach on 17th April, 2011 | Comments
Tags: Adventure, Altitude, Attitude, Everest Trek, Everest Base Camp
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