Local time: 26 April, 19:45
Location: Camp 2
Weather: Fine in the morning, light snow in the afternoon. -8C overnight.
Hi it’s Paul coming to you from camp 2. Today we woke to the news that an avalanche had killed a Sherpa on the Lhotse face. Unfortunately there was nothing that could be done. This was terrible news and brings home the dangers of climbing Everest, particularly those faced by the Sherpas who make many more trips than we do through the treacherous terrain. Our thoughts go out to the man’s family.
We were all very affected by the events this morning, so we didn’t do much else today. I went for a short walk on the glacier, but that’s about it.
Thanks for all your messages. I do like receiving them. I prefer if the messages are posted on the site, as I can’t reply to emails.
Hi Mira, Attilla and I were really feeling the heat, so we put the pedal down as we were eager to get into the shade of a tent. Dirk is another climber on the Asian Trekking team. I am sorry that I don’t write more about the other team members, but I need to respect their privacy and not everyone likes to have their details or that of their climbing progress on the internet.
Hi Marg, You’ll be in KTM now as I write this and hopefully you’ll discover the 2 internet cafes near the hotel. I’m looking forward to the Anzac biscuits.
Hi Marc, Always like to hear ASX reports!
Hi Liane, I knew you were going to ask me how realistic I found the books and I was dreading the question! They are pretty close. There are a lot of events that I recognized from significant incidents in recent Everest climbing history (if you have read Into thin Air you would certainly recognize some). Maybe your students might like to suggest some of the things that they think are not realistic and some of the more crazy things that are? But on the whole it’s pretty close and certainly they are a great read, even for someone as closely connected as me. The flag is in BC, but will hopefully come up higher soon…
Hi MC, I am feeling fantastic this year. I think it’s the experience that I have gained from last year, improved physical training and the logistics. Not a single person on our team is sick and this is making a huge difference. I was a bit down mentally last week thinking of the enormity of the climbing that lies ahead, but now that I have been up to C2 and the South Col looks so close from here, it’s been a big boost. It will be great when Fiona arrives, although I wish I could have convinced her to come up to C2 on a Lhotse permit, but she said she never wants to go through the icefall again. I don’t blame her and this year is more dangerous than last.
Hi Dad and Mary. Great to hear from you. Got an email from someone who thinks you are coming up here again. Once was enough!
Hi Sue, Happy to answer your questions.
Hi Tim, Passed on your message to Costco Steve and guess what – he said that he had the same meal right before he left!
Hi Liz, You’ll be in KTM now – hope the gear shop looks after you. You need to bargain hard though, or else you’ll get ripped off. The Sherpas can generally make enough from one Everest climb to not need to work for the rest of the year. Of course it depends on the lifestyle that the wish to lead.
Hi Mark, I probably won’t see your friend, as we are all being really strict about minimizing contact with other groups for fear of sickness. I hope you’ll understand.
Hi Leah. You can’t be too tough on weight. Fiona is bringing in some Baileys in a Sigg bottle!
Hi Lou, I am sure Fiona will look after your camera. I am using 2 cameras, the Canon S80 and an Ixus 500. Most of the shots on the site are with the S80.