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Friday, April 22, 2011

We’re back from the first rotation!

Yesterday we descended down from Camp 2 to base camp to finish our first rotation. We spent a total of 5 nights above base camp, 2 nights at Camp 1 (19,000) and 3 nights at Camp 2 (21,300'). The time spent above base camp will help us acclimatize to the higher slopes of Everest for our next rotation (to Camp 3) and for our summit rotation. We also are able to put our skills that we reviewed in base camp to the test (fixed line travel, ice climbing, etc.)

Ascending the Khumbu Icefall required crossing several ladders over large crevasses and ascending fixed ropes up to Camp 1. Climbing to Camp 2 was a pleasant stroll up the Western CWM (valley), and only having to cross a few easy ladders.

We stayed up at Camp 2 and hiked around the area to gain further acclimatization, and had some great views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse (the 3 main peaks in the cirque). During our stay at Camp 2 we had some strong winds but managed to keep our tents tied down, and now that we are in base camp we are having some great weather!

Photos: Guides Ben Jones & Lakpa Rita Sherpa taking a break in the Khumbu Icefall, climber Louis crossing a ladder over a moderate crevasse.



  1. Hi Garrett-

    Welcome back to base camp - glad to hear all went well! Hope your comm gear is in working order so we can hear more from you!

    I (in Hong Kong) Robo, Martin and the rest of the Slingfin crew in Berkeley are rooting for you!