Our two day break is coming to a close… at 3:30 AM tomorrow, we will climb to Camp 1, spend two nights, then climb to Camp 2 for another two nights, then come all the way back down to EBC.
It’s no good to sit around on our backsides all day… even a short walk is helpful to keep legs, lungs, and heart in good order.Today, we chose to walk up EBC to crampon point (roughly).Beautiful day, and lots of fun.
The glacier appears to be pretty pristine at a glance… on closer inspection, there are countless tiny traces of the tragedy from last year.Shards of fabric, plastic scraps, metal bits, wooden splinters… all entombed in ice.There is no conceivable way that the glacier can be properly restored; rather, I suspect that the wreckage will work its way down the valley over the next century.
Feeling fit and well.We sent some of our kit up the mountain early this morning with our wonderful Sherpa team mates.Now we are packing for the trip.One last shower, last blog, last civilized meal.Excited to return to the Southern Cwm after all these months.
I will try to keep in touch briefly via InReach while we are up there.Next formal blog should happen 4/23 or 4/24.
Phrase of the day: Beware brown icicles.
posted: April 18, 2016
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