The second rotation has kicked off with an excellent night of climbing up the Khumbu Icefall and a warming morning in the Western Cwm. Here’s expedition leader Garrett Madison with today’s expedition dispatch:
Today we woke up and had breakfast at 01:00am in base camp (5310m/17,421ft), left base camp at 02:00am, and climbed up the Khumbu Icefall. We had a beautiful night and early morning of climbing. There’s some fresh snow in the icefall which made it very nice. Once the sun came up we have some good views. Not many people in the icefall today, just a couple of other teams – some friends we recongized.
We got up to Camp 1 (6050m/19,849ft) around 08:00am and then we continued on up to Camp 2. Got up to Camp 2 (6500m/21,325ft) midday, had lunch, and just took an afternoon nap.
We just finished our dinner. Everyone’s up here doing great! We’re tired, it was a big, hard day – long day, hot at the end coming into Camp 2 but everyone did really well. We’re recovering well and looking forward to a nice rest day tomorrow. It’s snowing right now outside our tents. We’re tucked in and looking foward to a good night’s rest.
We’ll check in soon, thanks!
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