25 2002 Camp 1 (7,000m) Everest North Ridge.
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has called in this afternoon - he and Will are
currently snug in their sleeping bags dreaming
of hot showers and cheese on toast (if I know
are sending their first night at Camp 1 - a
significant milestone on the expedition. What
follows is pretty much a verbatim version of the
audio file above:
everyone this is Gavin and Will calling from
7,000m on the north ridge of Everest Our first attempt
at staying the night here. We climbed up in
record time today and we've been sitting here in
the tent with all our gear and we have been
boiling water for three to four hours and we've
had tomato soup and asparagus soup and we've
just been tucking into some meatballs in tomato
sauce and Lancashire hotpot. Will is just
heating some more ice on the stove so we can
make some tea.
sun's still up - it's evening here, about 6.30pm
- there are great blustery showers of spindrift
coming round and so on and we are quite well
sheltered. We're feeling good - we've got loads
of kit up here. Tomorrow is a very big day for
us. We are going to try to go to 7,600m and do a
drop for camp 2. It's quite important as
although there have been some Sherpas up there
putting in ropes, no Westerners have been up
there so far this season.
are going with two Russians - Sergei and Alexi -
who have become really good friends of ours.
They are as strong as oxes!
wish us luck... We should have a good night
sleep. Tomorrow we are going to go up and see
what happens then come back down here and we may
well spend a second night here and then go up
again the next day and do another carry and then
we will return to Advanced Base Camp and rest
are doing very well and feeling very happy...
for all your interest,
from Gavin and Will!