Manaslu Expedition "Seeking
8: Back From 22,000'
Mike: Just back at Base Camp from a few days spent at
22,000'. Right now we have enough sun to compose
off of solar power so I thought I'd write a little
good at altitude -- no headache, no breathing
problems; the only problem is that I can't sleep.
Brian had to put in ear plugs because of my Cheyne-Stokes
breathing; I wouldn't breath for a while then I'd wake
up gasping. It's like waking up with someone shoving a
pillow in your face. Another sleeping problem is that
I sun burnt my lips and my mouth keeps sticking shut
when I actually do fall asleep.
Brian and I are down here for a rest before we head up
for the summit. Two of our Sherpas are putting
in a cache at the high camp. Dan and Jerome will head
to the summit in the next few days with Ki Kami and
Kusang, then Tom, Brian and I will go up with Khan
Cha. The German team is on their way up and plan
to summit in two days. Ki Kami really wanted Tom,
Brian and I to stay high and just hitch up with the
Germans - safety in numbers - but that would entail
giving Dan and Jerome the shaft – which we won’t
do. The logistics have been a full time job for me,
trying to figure out how we are going to get to the
summit and how much stuff we need at each camp.
We don't want too much stuff at each camp as we will
have to bring it all down in the end.