I slept fine, though I was constantly aware of a distant roaring sound.A jet engine… but, odd, we have never seen an aircraft contrail once on this whole expedition.Sure enough, that low roar you hear is the sound of the jet stream slamming into the summit of everest, just over one horizontal mile away.Creepy….
Today’s goal was to move a bit higher than Camp 2, both to stretch our legs and to inspect the potential route above.No ropes have been fixed higher than our position here, and because the mountain’s icy surface is dynamic, there are always decisions to make about the route each year.Some high-res telephoto pictures could be helpful in the planning process.
A bit of a breeze, but overall a perfect day.
This is the highest I have been on this mountain… last year we had to turn around at Camp 2 because of the quake.Progress!The upper cwm feels like a big fishbowl… and we are some mighty small guppies.
It has been a good rotation, though I feel tired, hungry, dirty, smelly, etc.EBC seems to be full of wondrous luxuries, such as hot showers and BBQ sauce and the internet.Our plan is to leave early tomorrow, and walk all the way to EBC, arriving before lunch.Winds are predicted to be an issue… this may be spicy.
Concept of the day: Amazed to be here.
posted: April 26, 2016
Paul Pottinger’s Adventures from the Top of the World