Jon Gupta’s 7in4: EVEREST iii

Weather, wind, socialising & the waiting game…

Basecamp Tour

Steve Plain has made this video to give us a quick tour of basecamp and to point out the surrounding mountains and landmarks. While it looks calm at basecamp the strong winds up high continue to delay the strong Sherpas from their rope fixing which is needed before anyone can attempt the summit. Fingers crossed for good weather and quick, safe rope fixing so that Steve can make his summit attempt soon.

Posted by Project 7in4 on Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Tour of Basecamp by 7in4 founder, project leader and all-round powerhouse Steve Plain (taken between laps of Kalapathar)

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Most teams are now finished with their acclimatisation rotations. Some are resting at basecamp & some have dropped a day or so lower down the valley to Pangboche 4000m or Namche 3400m to rest & recover quicker.

The forecast is predicting strong winds for another 3-4 days at least & then maybe (that’s a big maybe) the winds might be acceptable for the strong Sherpa fixing team to climb. The Jet Stream is doing its thing with a huge pressure system over West India currently influencing its position over Nepal. So I doubt there will be any summits until at least the 13th May, but who knows this far out?! At this time of year, a number of highly skilled meteorologists are tested to the limits trying to do the impossible – predicting the weather at nearly 9000m.

So what to do…with nothing to do but wait it is very hard for some people & they really struggle with boredom. They can quickly begin to feel lazy & lethargic. Others relish the chance to have some free time to sit & stare at the mountains, or read books, draw, take photos or attend to some personal admin. How often in life are you told you have 4 days with absolutely nothing to do?

Well, Steve does laps of Kalapathar (4 times so far this season) to keep his body ticking over…34 mins being his fastest ascent! I’ve mostly been doing emails, playing cards, monopoly, drinking tea, eating a lot of fudge bars & socialising…

Everest Update – Weather, wind, socialising & the waiting game…Most teams are now finished with their acclimatisation rotations. Some are resting at basecamp & some have dropped a day or so lower down the valley to Pangboche 4000m or Namche 3400m to rest & recover quicker. The forecast is predicting strong winds for another 3-4 days at least & then maybe (that's a big maybe) the winds might be acceptable for the strong Sherpa fixing team to climb. The Jet Stream is doing its thing with a huge pressure system over West India currently influencing it's position over Nepal. So I doubt there will be any summits until at least the 13th May, but who knows this far out?! At this time of year a number of highly skilled meteorologists are tested to the limits trying to do the impossible…by predicting the weather at nearly 9000m. So what to do…with nothing to do but wait it is very hard for some people & they real struggle with boredom. They can quickly begin to feel lazy & lethargic. Others relish the chance to have some free time to sit & share at the mountains, or read books, draw, take photos or attend to some personal admin. How often in life are you told you have 4 days with absolutely nothing to do?Well, Steve does laps of Kalapathar (4 times so far this season) to keep his body ticking over…34 mins being his fastest ascent! I’ve mostly been doing emails, playing cards monopoly, drinking tea, eating a lot of fudge bars & socialising…With new and old friends spread all over Everest Basecamp a simple trip to see just one of them usually ends in endless cups of tea & general chit chat. Yesterday I popped in to see a legend Lhakpa Onjo Sherpa who was my head Sherpa last year on the north side with Mollie Hughes (who became the youngest women in the world to summit from both sides!). We have also climbed Island Peak & Ama Dablam together many times. After this Tim, Adam & I popped in to see Guy Cotter, Kah Shin & the Adventure Consultants team to share photos & swap stories from our Nupste attempt a few days ago. It was great fun to reminise about how close we had got! (They had some excellent red wine). From here Adam & I gate crashed the Maddison pre dinner party at 5pm & I must say a cheeky Gin & Tonic was absolutely wonderful. I had a good catch up with Kenton & Ben Fogal amongst others while Adam got side tracked into giving an interview for a Channel 4 documentary that one of Garrett's team is making. At 19:00 everyone said thier thanks to GM, and we had missed dinner at our camp so the kind folk at Adventure Consultants kindly invited us in…Shepards Pie and Chocolate Gateau…outstanding!-VIDEO – Mollie & I descending from 7500m on the north side the morning after we summited on 16th May, 2017. It was pretty windy but warm enough & we made it down quickly & safely to the luxuries of ABC. At 8848M winds like this would simply not be possible at all. Montane SunGod Shangri-La Nepal Trek P. Ltd Garrett Madison Adventure Consultants Kenton Cool Kenton Cool Everest Expedition Project 7in4 Steve Plain Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. Guy Cotter Anthea Fisher Robert Kelso Smith Lydia Bradey Adam Booth Tim Mosedale Trek & Mountain

Posted by Mountain Expeditions on Sunday, 6 May 2018

With new and old friends spread all over Everest Basecamp a simple trip to see just one of them usually ends in endless cups of tea & general chit-chat. Yesterday I popped in to see a legend Lhakpa Onjo Sherpa who was my head Sherpa last year on the north side with Mollie Hughes (who became the youngest women in the world to summit from both sides!). We have also climbed Island Peak & Ama Dablam together many times.  The video above is of Mollie & myself descending from 7500m on the north side the morning after we summited on 16th May 2017. It was pretty windy but warm enough & we made it down quickly & safely to the luxuries of ABC. At 8848M winds like this would simply not be possible at all.

After this Tim, Adam & I popped in to see Guy Cotter, Kah Shin & the Adventure Consultants team to share photos & swap stories from our Nupste attempt a few days ago. It was great fun to reminisce about how close we had got! (They had some excellent red wine). From here Adam & I gatecrashed the Maddison pre-dinner party at 5 pm & I must say a cheeky Gin & Tonic was absolutely wonderful. I had a good catch up with Kenton & Ben Fogle amongst others while Adam got sidetracked into giving an interview for a Channel 4 documentary that one of Garrett’s team is making. At 19:00 everyone said their thanks to GM, and we had missed dinner at our camp so the kind folk at Adventure Consultants kindly invited us in…Shepards Pie and Chocolate Gateau…outstanding!

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