Back at Everest Basecamp 16/5/08

May 17, 2008

We are now back at Everest Basecamp from our second acclimatization outing; this time to Camp 3 at 7200m in the middle of the Lothse Face.

It was really hard work getting up there, especially since the air is getting really thin at that altitude; more like one step and three breaths at a time! While Dr. Khurana took a rest day at Camp 2 to acclimatize, I carried the 6 remaining mice up the 50 degree face to the exposed site of Camp 3 on May 13th and back down again; unfortunately without nice views of the Western Cum., as it was snowing a little bit that day. But all went well and we feel strong!

Getting back to Basecmp is always an adventure coming down the Khumbu Icefall, but we managed to cross all ladders safely.

We got to know and meet our personal Sherpas for the summit push today and are very happy Hapka and Tenzing. Both two really nice guys!

We also tried out the new “Top Out” oxygen mask system that we will use, which is much more sufficient than the older Poisk model.

Weather wise it is again snowing a little today and there is supposed to be some more unsettled weather ahead, but we are hoping for a calm and sunny period in the near future to begin with our summit attempt of Everest. But for now all we can do is rest and enjoy Basecamp with our team mates from Asian Trekking. There is for example an Austrian climbing team with us lead by Walter Laserer (www.laserer-alpin.at) who will try to take the official Euro 2008 soccer ball to the top and kick it off….so lots of fun guaranteed!
Please also check out (www.seven-summits.at) about their soccer/UEFA project!

The biggest avalanche so far came down today from the Pumori side of the mountain….very impressive (see picture)! But so far we have been very lucky as it hasn’t been snowing very much, so no big avalanche danger along the route.

We had a very exciting morning today with two members of the Darlow Smithon group
(producers of Touching the Void) shooting a clip/interview with our 6 mice about our hypoxia research project on the Khumbu glacier(see picture). I think we have to start charging a special fee for our mice….so many people come and want to see them!

Anyway, the interview with the german radio station WDR went fine this afternoon (I hope!!) and whoever is interested can listen to it upcoming Monday after 16 Uhr or 22 Uhr on WDR 5 (www.wdr5.de with livestream) …..hopefully will be interesting!

Please keep looking and hopefully enjoy our Everest blog and the links!
Gabriel

Dr. Khurana decending a vertical ladder on a serac

Dr. Khurana decending a vertical ladder on a serac

Gabriel on a ladder which spans over a huge crevasse

Gabriel on a ladder which spans over a huge crevasse

Huge avalanche towards Everest Basecamp from Pumori

Huge avalanche towards Everest Basecamp from Pumori

Clip shoot on the Khumbu glacier

Clip shoot on the Khumbu glacier

Mice at Camp 3 at 7200m

Mice at Camp 3 at 7200m

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One Response to “Back at Everest Basecamp 16/5/08”

  1. Olga Says:

    Hi Teji and Gabriel,
    Thank you for updating blog and letting know about the trip progress. Glad you are both safe and feel strong and fit. keep on writing!
    Take care,
    Olga


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