With our Puja completed and the Sherpa team establishing Camps 1 and 2, our attention is now fully focused on preparing for our first climbing rotation. Our goals over the next several days are to continue the acclimatization process and to perfect the technical skills that are required for the Khumbu Ice Fall.
Our morning was focused on acclimatization and the program was simple: we spent a couple of hours getting some exercise by walking around Base Camp. It takes about 45 minutes to walk directly from one end of Base Camp to the other, however we wandered about visiting climbing teams from all over the world and stopping in for an orientation at the Everest ER. The Everest ER provides climbers and Sherpa and local Nepalese with first rate medical care — all free of charge — and is a great resource to the approximately 1,000 people in Base Camp (of which approximately 250 are permitted climbers).
This afternoon the team spent time in the lower Khumbu Ice Fall practicing some basic cramponing skills and getting some additional exercise to continue the acclimatization process.
Tomorrow we will have a technical route fixed in the Ice Fall and will review rappelling, fixed line climbing, and ladder crossings. It will be fun and another step forward in our preparations.
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