9 2002 Gavin has got in touch with us
again in the last few minutes. Over the last
few days the team has been trekking between
Base Camp, Interim Camp (5,600m) and Advanced
Base Camp (6,500m). Gavin says that they are
the first team on the route at the moment.
Ahead of them are some Sherpas from a Swiss
team and behind them are a Korean team and
still further back are the actual Swiss team
weather has not been that great - it is cold,
windy and low level snow clouds have been a
feature of most days. Two
days ago all the team went up Interim camp
from Base Camp. The trek was expected to last
about four hours, but adverse weather and slow
going meant that it took almost nine hours!
Arriving in a Interim camp everyone was tired
but in high spirits. It had been "a very
difficult, chilly and windy day," said
Will, Gavin and Simone started to trek to
Advanced Base Camp (ABC) and ahead of them the
yaks had dropped off the climbing team's gear.
The other members of the trekking team
electing to return to Base Camp. On the trek
to ABC, Simone decided turned back, followed
shortly by Gavin and Will - the heavy snow
cloud cover was good enough reason not to go
team are all now back at Base Camp dreaming of
tomorrow's rest day! The next day the trekkers
leave for Kathmandu. All in all, Gavin said he
has been very impressed with all the trekking
team's efforts over the past few weeks.
slightly ahead, on the 13th of April
(Saturday) Gavin said he and Will are set to
leave once again for ABC to stay the night.
says that both he and Will are acclimatising
well. At the moment neither Will nor Gavin
want to break trial above ABC and are
currently discussing their future plans with
the Swiss Sherpas.
all for now,