An update from Paul by satellite phone at 11.30am GMT (Nicky)
Our team has arrived at Camp 2 after successfully navigating the Khumbu Icefall for the third time. We were pretty tired after a gruelling 7 hour climb, but glad it was not the 10-12 hours it has taken some of the other teams.
While still enchanting, the Icefall does appear to be becoming a risker place to be and I am glad I will only have to go through it one more time. It could be my mind playing tricks on me but I thought I could hear and feel it moving much more than earlier in the season. At one point my Sherpa’s foot broke through the ice plunging him knee deep into icy water.
After a short rest we will be setting off on the new route to Camp 3. While this route will take a little longer, hopefully it will avoid the persistent rockfall of the previous one. We also hope by the time we arrive at Camp 3 the team of rope fixing Sherpas will have completed their job of attaching the ropes to the summit. Otherwise it could be a lengthy stay up high or the end of our expedition.
Currently we are experiencing heavy snowfall, but the winds are low.