The air at Everest Base Camp feels thick and sustaining and it is nice to return “home” after a successful first rotation. Over the past five days our team has climbed through the Khumbu Ice Fall twice, spent two nights at Camp 1, three nights at Camp 2, and reached a high altitude mark of 22,000 feet. It has been an amazing week!
Rotations are an important strategy for climbing Mt. Everest. The basic strategy was developed by the Russian national climbing team in the Caucasus mountains and has been widely adopted on big mountains all over the world. The science is straightforward: climb progressively higher and each time stress the body to its limits then retreat to lower elevations to recover and build red blood cells. This regimen helps climbers build the physical capacity to perform at even higher altitudes.
I will be in Base Camp over the next four or five days putting the finishing touches on my first rotation with a regimen of: eat, drink, rest and recover.
While in Base Camp I will post a series of overviews from the first rotation. Until then, I share a few images from the higher camps.