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Second rotation – returning to BC

After a four-day rotation in the high altitudes it was time to go back down to basecamp (#BC) for much deserved rest before the next round. We were quite happy with the last few days’ efforts, and with most of the important gear now in place, next time we would come...

Second rotation – from C2 touching C3

We’d set the alarm for 4am with full intention of being en route by 5am. Well, it didn’t exactly go to plan, because a low cloud hovered over camp 2 (#C2) so after early breakfast we decided to snuggle in the sleeping bags a moment longer and waited for...

Rest day in camp 2

To aid our acclimatization we stayed in camp 2 (#C2) for an extra day just resting. The previous days’ efforts had cost us in energy so this was the perfect opportunity to get some of it back. It was a sunny morning so we sat outside in the baking sun, taking in the...

Second rotation – from C1 to C2

We had a leisurely morning although we did want to beat the worse of the (in)famous #Western Cwm heat, which we’d heard could be brutal. And so it was! Before we even left camp 1 (#C1) around 8.30am we stripped off all unnecessary layers and very fashionably...

Second rotation – from BC to C1

We got ready for our next acclimatization trip up the mountain and left around 5am a few days ago. Our aim was to get to camp 1 (#C1) at 6,100m and spend the night there before continuing upward. This was the second time for me through the #Khumbu Icefall and...