We set off to Camp 2 relatively late as 2 of our Sherpas had returned to Base Camp to pick up an extra load to carry to Camp 2 and we were waiting for them to return before setting off. In the end, we left on our own knowing that they would catch up pretty quickly following a tea stop at Camp 1. Sure enough, they caught us about an hour into the climb and were moving quickly. As the route was not that technical, we decided it would be less painful for all of us if we let them carry on to Camp 2 at their, rather than our, pace to finish establishing the camp before our arrival. Just over an hour into the climb you can actually see Camp 2 in the distance, but much like a mirage it never seems to get any closer! On a good day when the sun comes out and there is no wind the Western Cwm (Valley of silence) becomes an intense radiation trap. People have been sun burnt on the inside of their mouth from panting while walking through the Cwm. We all had to strip off to varying degrees to cope with the heat. I was tempted to get down to my underwear but stopped short for the sake of my fellow climbers!