SUN MAY 19 2002 LOCATION: Advanced Base Camp
and Willie have returned safely to Advanced Base
Camp and they are still suffering from the last
four days of extreme exertion. Both
have health problems - not life threatening -
but never the less very uncomfortable and
limiting their sleep and ability to feed
now have two days of rest ahead of them, then
the yaks will arrive and they will start on
their way back to Base Camp and on out of Tibet.
Gav's main problems revolve around his throat.
He told me that he has coughed up most of it's
lining which makes swallowing, drinking and
eating very difficult and painful. His tongue
and lips are also "shredded and
ripped". He says he hasn't slept much now
for four days and is really finding it tough. On
arrival back into camp today he collapsed and
burst into sobs of tears - one can only imagine
what it must be like. It has been a very
emotional few days for both of them.
knee is causing him problems still. It is badly
swollen and looks very unsightly. He is unable
to carry any gear and is in a lot of pain.
were unable to enlist any help from Sherpas
yesterday and had to carry all their gear off
the mountain. Willie's knee made it impossible
for him to help so Gav had to take on the whole
60kgs... you are meant to carry 10kgs at that
the boys have had Sherpas coming up to them and
congratulating them on their efforts. An
incredible honor for any climber. Gavin says
once he has powered up his laptop batteries he
will try and send out an email in the next
couple of days explaining exactly what they have
been through. To be honest I don't think I could
not do their story justice so I'll stop now.
Needless to say they are going to be ok and will
recover - which we all hope will be soon.
all for now, Take care, Richard