Thursday 30th Oct
Local Time 12:23pm - Altitude 5130m
At 5am this morning Neil led the team, excluding myself, to embark
on a journey up to advance base camp. I was not in a position to
accompany them because the terrain is just too difficult for even
the Everest Chair to undertake.
I had the luxury of a lie in and at 9am I was woken by our friendly
Nepalese cook with a cup of hot sugary tea. As usual the tent was
covered in frost, both inside and outside. After my morning ablutions
it was time for breakfast. This usually consists of porridge flavoured
with sultanas, bananas and apples and is often followed by toast
and eggs or omelettes.
Since leaving the last Tibetan hotel and moving into our tents
the standard of food has improved immensely. This is because we
now have Nepalese food, chefs and staff, and they can rustle up
some tremendous meals in the most adverse conditions.
After breakfast it was time to plan some activities for the rest
of the day. First up was tidying my tent which was looking, and
smelling like a compost heap! I then asked our Sirdar if it was
possible to go for a small stroll with some of the other Sherpa
We travelled to a valley adjacent to the Mallory/Irvine memorial
cairn that we'd visited the previous day. This offered yet more
stunning views of Everest, this time from an altitude of approximately
5300m. After an hour or so spent soaking up the atmosphere it was
time to head back to camp for lunch.
During lunch a yak herder arrived at the camp, one of his beasts
was far from happy and started charging towards me shedding it's
load as it did so. Luckily my Sherpa friends leapt to the rescue
and managed to stop the animal before it reached me. Not something
that happens to me everyday during lunch in London!
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