17 2002 Advance Base Camp, Everest.
got a call today from Gav as he sat perched at
Camp 1 (7,000m). He and Will had done their
first climb above ABC - and have taken up some
of their gear in what will be the first of many
journeys between the two camps.
left early this morning and walked for
half-an-hour to the headwall of the North Col...
They then started their climb of the wall, which
took just over two and a half hours. Apparently
the Russian team (who they had exchanged tipples
with before at ABC) took seven and a half hours
on the same route - so they feel as though they
are acclimatizing well. Either that or the
Russians were still feeling a bit groggy from
the night before! Once they had dropped their
gear off they had a quick rest then descended
down the headwall back to ABC - in a very speedy
26 minutes according to Gav.
are very tired, but at the same time happy that
their first gear carry above ABC has gone
smoothly. Tomorrow is a rest day and the next
day they will be doing another carry to Camp
all for now, Take