After a lot of anticipation and preparation, today I finally climbed in the Khumbu Ice Fall. It was amazingly beautiful and exciting!
We climbed about 20% of the route as a final shake out before planning to move through the entire Ice Fall to Camp 1 early tomorrow morning. It was helpful to see the route in day light before we return tomorrow at approximately 2:30 AM. We will start climbing in the coldest part of the day when the route is the most stable and try to arrive to Camp 1 before Noon. It will be a big day.
The stage is now set to begin our first rotation: the team is working well together, we have strong and caring guides, the Sherpa team has set our higher camps and will now join us as climbing partners, and I am thankful for good health and strength. Many successful climbers have reflected that their first time climbing the Khumbu Ice Fall is one of the hardest days of an Everest expedition.
I plan to be above base camp for the next four or five days. I will send updates to Traci via a satellite connection which she will post to share the progress. Other than a few simple updates, please don’t expect to hear much from me until my return to base camp. I hope to return with amazing pictures and accounts of strong, safe and successful climbing. You can also check for dispatches from Madison Mountaineering available on the Links page of my website.
Until then, I will treasure your well wishes and prayers.
As always, thanks for following along!