Dan Mazur Photo by Rudy Zuber
Training members on fixed line climbing technique took up most of
yesterday. Galu Sherpa, Shera Sherpa and Jay set up a 100m section of fixed
line on some steep slopes and cliffs high above basecamp. Under Jay and Dan's
expert instruction, each member was required to climb the lines, and
abseiled/repelled down again using figure 8 devices. This is a very important
exercise, as many people have never climbed on fixed lines, or used a figure 8
and we need to ensure everybody is competent before climbing on the mountain.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent in the mess tent discussing our
radios and high altitude medical equipment. We make twice daily radio calls to
Basecamp whilst on the mountain, and we make sure to take necessary
medications to each camp.
Yesterday was very beautiful, but today, it seems the monsoon season hasn't
ended with today's weather: rain and snow. Some members however braved the bad
conditions today to walk to Advanced Basecamp. Anupama, Fred, Bryan B, Larry,
Ali, Ryan, John, Tony, Chris, Camille and Jocelyn all made the trip to ABC
today under the Leadership of Dan. Conditions were quite horrendous with wind
driven snow and very low visibility. Pasang Lama, Galu Shera, Shera Sherpa and
Tenzing Sherpa did a fantastic job of putting up tents.
Meanwhile, Kirsti, Brian R, Tracey, Ken, Sandy and Jay remained in Basecamp
for a day of rest - and to stay out of the weather! As I write this, the rain
has eased and the barometer is holding steady at 581hpa.
Our trekking members, Anupama Keshavan, and Clay Chappell are doing fine
with Anupama walking to ABC with Maya Sherpa, and Lakpa Sherpa today. Clay is
resting in Basecamp today after helping with our rope training and making some
constructive suggestions yesterday.
We'll send more news in a few days. Thanks for following our expedition,
from Jay Reilly and all of us here at SummitClimb.com
P.S.: A special message from Ali and Kirsti: Moe and Patrick and Roland!
Mates from glacier school, you are still on our minds.