Camp 1

Climbing toward Camp 1

Climbing toward Camp 1

Camp 1 is positioned among enormous crevasses and can be subject to hazards from the west shoulder of Everest on one side and Nuptse on the other. It is not the ideal location for a camp, but for many climbers emerging for the first time from the Khumbu Ice Fall it just doesn’t matter: they can go no further.

Climbers cannot immediately see Camp 1 as they exit the Ice Fall; there’s only a promise of its existence just beyond the line of sight. For me, I knew Camp 1 was nearby, but I still couldn’t resist reconfirming the fact a couple of times with my climbing partner, Pemba Sherpa. I was exhausted.

Then with some additional progress familiar orange and white tents finally could be seen in the distance, but in the day’s last test, reaching the tents required climbing through several crevasses, up and down, like enormous waves. I was literally taking four or five steps and then stopping to regain my breath before pushing forward another four or five steps, and I was not alone. The 2,000 feet of altitude gain through the Khumbu Ice Fall was taking its toll. Despite all of that, I could clearly see the true summit of Everest and I had just climbed through the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall, both facts gave me a tremendous measure of progress and sense of accomplishment, even if the tents weren’t appearing to get any closer.

Camp 1

Camp 1

Camp 1 is simply a row of tents located between two crevasses. The Sherpa establish a safe zone that provides assurance that there is nothing below that might swallow you. The area is about the size of three city buses and all bets are off for anything outside of the perimeter. However, it doesn’t really matter because most climbers are happy to be in the tents recovering from a big day.

On our second rotation we will skip past Camp 1 and move directly to Camp 2 from Base Camp. It will be the ultimate proof of our acclimatization program working successfully. There was little chance of skipping past Camp 1 a few days ago, however, that’s for sure.

  9 comments for “Camp 1

  1. Lyn
    April 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Amazing blog. Sure glad it’s you and not me!!!! Continue to be safe and well. Also continue letting us experience this adventure from our lazy chairs.

  2. David Howard
    April 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Jim,
    Great blog and pics, I have been following you since the beginning and really look forward to your progress !!!!
    Keep up the good work and Best of luck with everything going on up there !!!!

    David Howard

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 28, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks, David! I appreciate your well wishes and that you are following along. Thanks for your nice note. Jim

  3. Phil Nicolaou
    April 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    fantastic post Jim – you give insight that I haven’t been able to get in the books I’ve read. Eat, sleep, stay strong, and be safe. we’ve excited for you.

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 28, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Phil. I appreciate your nice note. Jim

  4. Mark Osmond
    April 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Jim
    The photos are spectacular! So hoping all going smoothly
    Your dedicated CF training coming to the fore
    Best of luck to the top…and down!

    Mark

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 28, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Mark. I think you may have things figured out better than me — sailing the Carribean sounds very appealing right now! I hope you are well. Jim

  5. April 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Jim, It has been thrilling to follow along with you (but I’m glad I’m here and not there!) It is amazingly
    beautiful and your commentary is wonderful. I hope you will make a book of it. I am praying for you
    and your team and everyone up there with you. In fact, half of our church is praying for you! Surely you
    sense God’s presence in His amazing creation!
    Love you, Jim. God bless.
    Gwen and Jack

    • james.lumberg@me.com
      April 28, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Thank you, Gwen! Please know that I feel the prayers and that they are making a difference. Really and truly! Please keep the prayers coming! Thanks to all who are holding me up in such a powerful way. Jim

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