After our 3 night stay at Base Camp we awoke at 5am to return to make our way through the ice fall and back to Base Camp before the sun made the conditions too unstable. Given yesterday’s news we were not about to take any unnecessary chances. Making our way down through the avalanche rubble and tragic incident was very sobering. We were lucky that the wind had abated somewhat and conditions were good so we made it back to base camp in a pretty swift 3 hours (still twice as long as the Sherpas take!). We now have a couple of rest days at Base Camp and I will make a trip to our favourite Internet spot in Gorak Shep to update the blog. We are currently planning our strategy for the remainder of the climb. As we are in good shape there has been some talk of trying to skip one acclimatisation step and make a summit push on our next trip up the mountain. However, it looks the ropes will not be fixed from camp 3 to the summit in time to make this strategy work. It is likely, therefore, that following our rest days we will make our way back up the mountain with a non-stop trip to Camp 2 for the night before advancing to Camp 3(somewhere around 7300m up the vertical Lhotse Face) for our final night’s acclimatisation. we will then descend to a village lower in the valley to build some strength and await the weather window for our final summit push.
Return To Base Camp