Local time: 6 May 19:20
Location: Camp 3
Weather: Clear in the morning, cloud in the afternoon, now clear. Zero wind.
Hi its Paul at C3. Yes, we made it up here and have been resting this afternoon, enjoying breathing oxygen for the first time.
Weather and summits
The weather is the main topic on our minds and this morning it dawned fine and clear. When I woke I learnt that Meagan made the summit in really fine conditions. I am so happy for her, because I know how much hard work she put into this, both physically and financially. On her way down, Meagan also helped a sick Nepali climber who had collapsed below the Balcony.
An enjoyable climb up to C3
Attila and I left just after 6am, and took our time getting to C3, enjoying the fine weather and wonderful views of Nuptse, the entire Western Cwm back to base camp, and the remainder of the Lhotse face. As we climbed up we met a few people coming down from the summit – you can tell them from the totally exhausted looks on their faces. It felt great to be among the first of many people to offer them our congratulations for reaching the highest point on Earth.
For us it’s definitely feeling closer now. The weather forecast is still looking good for us – 4 knots forecast at 18Z tomorrow night, which is about 10pm Nepal time.
Tomorrow we plan to leave here around 5:30, to give us plenty of time to get to the South Col and then rest up for the big night ahead! Very excited!
Hi Cas, Thanks for your support. It was great getting to know you for the few short days you were at BC. I think you should definitely give this a go sometime.
Ken, There was a change forecast for today, and it came through this afternoon, but now everything is quiet. This change was the reason we didn’t go with out original plan for a summit attempt today, as we were unsure what would happen. As it turned out it was very benign. Yes, we are eating very well, and I think it’s helping.
Hi Luke, Thanks for helping out with the site while I have been away. It’s really appreciated.
Hi Helen, Thanks for your messages and story.
South Col tomorrow!