Today marked the second anniversary of the avalanche that claimed sixteen Sherpa lives in the Khumbu Ice Fall on April 18, 2014. Four members of our current team, including myself, were witness to the accident. We lost five of our Sherpa team members that day.
In commemoration of the accident, all of the climbing teams honored a day of remembrance for the Sherpa who were lost. No one climbed today. It was a day to reflect and to remember and to rest.
With everyone in camp today, it gave me an opportunity to spend time with my climbing partner Pemba Sherpa. It was comforting to be with Pemba as we prepare for what’s ahead.
Tomorrow we will climb to the first ladders in the Khumbu Ice Fall then return for our last night in base camp before going to the higher camps.