We are back at EBC for a four day rest before out 3rd and final rotaion. Our last rotation was on Everest herself. We were up for four days. Day 1, going all the way through the icefall for the 1st time. It was amazing. It is hard to describe in words. If you took the city of roseville and turned every building from dog houses to our biggest city buldings and turned them into blocks of ice. Then dropped all of it from miles into the air untill they formed a mountain 2,500′ high. That is as close as I came come to describing the ice fall. you’ve probably hear how scary it is supposed to be with the large blocks of ice over your head, and the ladders tied together by rope you have to cross with your crampons on. That is probably true. but to tell you the truth I am so dang tired when I am going thru it (takes 5-8hrs) I barly notice any of it. OK, on the ladders you have to concentrate a little bit. Day 2 is spent at Camp 1 (elevation 20,00′) There is mostly just tents and a cook tent at this camp so most of you day is spent inside your tent. We had topped out of the ice fall to gusting wind 40 – 60 mph. At night the gusts got up to 70-80 mph. On our 3rd day we moved up to Camp 2 ( about 22,00o’). Now the air is starting to get a bit thin now . Camp 2 is acually Advanced Base Camp. We have two man tents, and cook tent , and a dinning tent. The climb up the CWM from camp 1 to camp 2 is a fairly gradual climb. At this elevation just putting on you boots takes your breath away. Then you have a final 500 yards or so of a little steeper climb into you camp. It was a tough night of sleep at camp 3 because of the altitude, but we all got thru it. On Day 4 we climbed all the way back to EBC.
After being up so high on the mountain being back at EBC is like being at home. EBC is at 17,400′ but to us that is really comfortable now. EBC is like a small city. We have our own tent, a large dinning tent, communications tent etc. We have been down here for 3 days eating, getting alot of rest and healing from any health issues anybody may have. We sleep really well at this altitude. Tomorrow is our last day here at EBC befor we head up again for a 6 day rotation. Icefall to Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 2 , Lhoste face to Camp 3 (24,400), Camp 2, Back To EBC for a rest before out Summit attempt.
Everything is just about on schedule and I am doing fine. Am reading a book about the beginnings of In & Out Burgers. It is very interesting. Yesterday we all got our oxygen masks and were given instructions on how to attach them to the bottles. Some how that brought me to the realization that I am on Everest. Hope everything is going good for you folks back home, and thanks for following. If you see Loretta, give her a big HIGH FIVE, she was awesome.