The team has moved up to Camp III (7230m/23,720ft) on the Lhotse Face and expedition leader Garrett Madison checks in via sat phone with the day’s recap and the plan for what’s ahead:
Today we climbed up from Camp II to Camp III. We are currently in Camp III. Happy to be here on the Lhotse Face. It’s been a stormy day – very blustery, lots of snow fall, and high wind gusts throughout the day. We got up here to our camp and spent the first three hours digging out our tents which had been consumed and covered in fresh snow and spin drift blowing by the wind. Once we got moved into our tents, got our stoves going and made some water, we had dinner. Everyone is getting to bed now.
The weather changed a bit. We were hoping to head up to Camp IV tomorrow, but with the new forecast and the inclement and blustery weather on the way tomorrow, our plan is to hunker down here in Camp III and take a rest day and wait out the weather and then move up to Camp IV the following day on the 21st of May.
Everyone’s doing well here. We had a great day. It was a big push coming up in the tough weather, the high winds, and the snow. But everyone did wonderful. I’m very proud of the team. We’re looking foward to tomorrow up here at Camp III. Hopefully we’ll get a few breaks in the weather and get to enjoy some nice views.
Thanks for checking in! We’ll talk to you soon.
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