Everest II: Puja and Illness
Team 7in4 experience a ritual important to Sherpa and mountaineer alike, and Steve tries to shake of a nasty bug.
Everest Day 5, 19-Apr-208
Acclimatisation walk to Camp 1 and return.
This morning we set off at 05:00 and headed up through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp 1. It took about 3.5hrs to get up, had a short break, then descended back to basecamp and were back in camp by mid-morning.
The route through the Icefall is currently in great condition. It zig-zags around a bit more than last year but does pick a relatively clean route through the maze of crevasses and seracs. There are a couple of short vertical ladders and a few short horizontal ladders but overall pretty straightforward. There are however a few snow bridges which currently are fine but as the season progresses I’d expect those to open up and require more ladders to get through.
Standing up at Camp 1 with the Western Cwm sprawled out in front and Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse towering above is always so special. It was incredible to be back up there this morning.
Back in basecamp I enjoyed a nice shower while the sun was out and the air was relatively warm. It was my first shower in about a week so nice to freshen up a bit. Overall I’m feeling pretty good. I ate something recently which my body hasn’t agreed with, but hopefully, that will work its way through.
Everest Day 6, 20-Apr-2018
Expedition Puja and forced rest.
As you may have noted by the tracker, I didn’t move far today.
This morning we had our Expedition Puja (Bhuddist ceremony to pray for safe passage on the mountain). It is a very important event for the local Sherpa and a wonderful experience for us to be a part of.
The rest of the day I did nothing, and I mean literally nothing. I hate being so lazy but feeling pretty crap at the moment with a stomach bug and flu-like symptoms so forcing myself to rest.
Everest Day 7, 21-Apr-2018
Rest day in base camp.
It pains me to admit it, but today I sat in basecamp and did absolutely nothing. I still don’t feel great, so for once in my life I’m doing the sensible thing and giving my body a chance to recover. Anyway, it’s had a chance now so heading back up the hill tomorrow.
Everest Day 8, 22-Apr-2018
Basecamp to Camp 1.
This morning Jon and I set off from Basecamp just before 05:30 and headed up through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp 1. It took us just over 3.5hrs at a nice steady pace and with a moderately heavy pack. I’m trying to get all my camping gear, some food and high altitude clothing up this time so that next time we come up we can do it with a light pack, but it did mean quite a sizeable pack this morning.
Camp 1 is positioned at the top of the Khumbu Icefall at approx. 6050m. From here the Western Cwm sprawls out in front of us with Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse towering above. The view is incredible. Every time I’m here I have to pinch myself. There is so much history in these mountains. It truly is humbling.
The weather today has been pretty good and actually quite warm with full sun. Although just as I type this, the sun just dipped behind Nuptse and you can feel the temperature drop instantly.
Physically I’m feeling a bit better and I think over the worst of whatever bug I picked up, but still not 100% hence why we took it pretty easy this morning. Hopefully, after this rotation and with a few days rest back at Basecamp I’ll be back to full strength.