Everest guide, Terray Sylvester reports on the day’s skills training from Mount Everest base camp.
Hi, this is Terray calling in for the 2021 Madison Mountaineering Mount Everest expedition. It’s Friday, April 16th.
Today we woke up to beautiful sight of fresh snow on base camp and the Khumbu Glacier and the mountains above us. We had a great breakfast of eggs and bacon and french toast with Vermont maple syrup and then we headed down for our second day of skills training on the glacier just below base camp. We practiced ladder-crossing techniques, fixed-line ascent, and repelling again. We’ll have one more of skills training before our Puja on the 18th.
Let’s see what else happened today… Earlier this morning our former NFL wide-reciever Mark Pattison, who’s climbing Everest and Lhotse with us, was having some fun tossing around a football with some of our Sherpa staff and other members of our climbing team. In the evening the clouds parted so we had great views of alpenglow on Nupste and farther up the valley. Now the stars are coming out and the team is settled in watching another movie.
We’ll head to bed soon and we’ll be in touch!
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