4-13-16 trough 4-15-16
After Lobuche we spent the night in LBC, then headed back to EBC the next day. As usual, the trek is easier the second time… still, I felt tired when we got back home. A great sense of relief being back here… now, we can focus on climbing Mt Everest.
Camp life is fun when there is no time pressure to make a move. Lots of snacks, drinks, time for relaxation, laundry, showers, talking with friends. And time out of the sun, thank goodness. We have been blessed with nice weather and mild temperatures during the day… but folks, it feels really cold at night. Three sleeping pads and two sleeping bags (-40F and -25F) seem to do the trick.
Today (4-15-16) we did a little training on ladders in base camp. The first section of our climb of the upper mountain will take us through the Khumbu Icefall, which contains numerous crevasses that sometimes need to be bridged with aluminum ladders. This is no problem, but doing it with crampons on requires concentration. Practice helps!
Plan is to climb halfway up the icefall early tomorrow morning, hopefully home by breakfast. Then, a couple more rest days until we make our next rotation up the mountain, to camps 1 and 2.
Flavor of the day: Ranch Dressing.