It was five days since I last reported, and I have finally returned back to Everest Base Camp after a challenging acclimatization rotation up to camp 3 (24,500 ft). I began on May 3rd with a single push from Everest Base Camp to Camp 2 (21,300 ft); this 4,000 ft gain was a challenge since I needed to pass through both the Khumbu Ice Fall and the Western Cwm in the early morning hours. The following day (4th), I did a rest day at Camp 2 and it was a day of new snowfall here on Mount Everest.
On the day of the 5th we did our first of two acclimatization attempts to Camp 3. The conditions were super challenging on this day with winds and snow making our high point about 23,000 ft due to the inclement weather. On May 6th, we did another attempt and this time the weather was blue sky and no wind. This day was absolutely spectacular and we were able to make it to Camp 3 in good style. The views and overall location of our high point for this day was a highlight of our trip thus far. We are preparing ourselves mentally and physically for what lays ahead as we climb this amazing mountain called Everest.
Early this morning we braved the Khumbu Ice Fall yet again, and are now resting comfortably at Everest Base Camp. The thicker air and great food provided by our cook staff is a welcome addition and now it is time rest our bodies and minds after such a challenging four days up high. We successfully completed our acclimatization rotations, and now it is time to wait for the right opportune summit rotation.
Conditions for “fixing” the route have been challenging this season, but we have been doing our best to think “out of the box” and expand our minds for a safe solution for attempting the higher slopes of this daunting mountain. I am a firm believer that the mountain “decides” whether it wants you to summit (or not), and hopefully we have done enough to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for such an opportunity. Maybe this opportunity will allow us a chance to “sneak” up and down the mountain before it has a chance to notice we have set forth our passage. Regardless, this place is a magical and spiritual point on this amazing planet in which we all live, I value and respect my time here and hope that this season proves to be a safe and successful one.