We are now officially “acclimatised” and, once rested/recovered, ready to make our summit bid. We have descended to Pheriche (4400m) for a few days for some active recovery and to wait for the weather and logistics to be in place before setting off back up the mountain in the hope of reaching the summit. At this stage, we have no fixed date. The issues with camp 3 and the Lhotse Face mean that camp 4 and above have yet to be established (our Sherpas need at least 3 days to establish camp and cache supplies of oxygen, etc) and the weather forecasts have yet to predict a suitable weather window. When people talk about the weather “window” on Everest it typically refers to the short period after the jet stream moves away from Everest and before the monsoon arrives. So far, the jet stream stills sits stubbornly above the summit. And so, we wait…..
Ready, Set, …..