With three full days of rest and relaxation here at Everest Base Camp, we are gearing up for another rotation back up high. This means that we will have to get up early in the morning to travel up the Khumbu Icefall again, have enough time to bypass our Camp 1 and then beat the heat up to the head of the Western Cwm. Traveling through the Khumbu Icefall and under the shoulder of Nuptse (mountain creating the right side barrier up the Cwm) are by far two of the most high consequence areas that we need to negotiate as we make our way up and down this mountain. Doing these rotations are required for our personal acclimatization on Everest.
After arriving back at our Camp 2, we will have a full day of rest the following day. With our Camp 2 at an elevation of 21,400 ft, ample time to adjust is needed for our survival in these zones of thinning air. For the following day, we are keeping our fingers crossed for a possible ascent of the Lhotse face. The Lhotse face is the section of steep blue ice that is baring our way to our Camp 3 which is at an elevation close to 23,500 ft. Our goal, if the conditions are decent and the route is safe, is to journey up to our Camp 3 and spend the night or do what we call a “touch and go”.
We will do our best to be safe and go with the flow up there.
All the best,