Our Everest team had a rest day today at Camp II in the Western Cwm. Garrett Madison checks-in via sat phone with all the details and the plans for the summit attempt:
Hello, it’s May 16th and this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Everest and Lhotse team.
Today was our rest day at Camp II after coming up here yesterday through the Khumbu Icefall, past Camp I, and through the Western Cwm to Camp II. We had a wonderful day coming up here – didn’t see many people at all actually on the route. It was a bit windy which kept it cool in the Western Cwm where it usually gets too hot. After we pulled in here yesterday we had a nice lunch, a restful afternoon, and dinner.
Today we’ve just been resting all day and watching the weather. It looks like we might have a weather window around the 21st of May but too be sure, we’ll check the weather forecast tomorrow to confirm and probably head up the following day or perhaps delay another day or two before heading up from Camp II.
It’s great up here, everyone’s well – we’re healthy, happy, in good spirits, and eating well. We were out taking photos and videos today and just admiring the views – it’s been clear and sunny and warm. So, life is good here at Camp II.
We’re fortunate to be here and feel very lucky to be on Everest. We are setting our sights on a summit attempt here, hopefully, sometime in the next few days – weather pending.
All’s well here at Camp II and we’ll check in soon. Thanks!
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