When we got out of the bus three days ago our single tents had been already pitched by the Sherpa crew so we only had to pitch our production tent. What sounds easy is really hard work when you are not acclimatized and by now we definitely are not.
With Alex’ and Dominik’s help we managed to pitch our big and cosy production tent where we can work in.
The next days we spent trying to charge all the electronic devices, planning our workflow and sorting gear for the higher camps. In the afternoon we hiked a little around the BC for filming, producing timelapses and taking pictures.
The body needs about one week to adapt to this altitude. For us it is most important to build a strong basis here, as we will never stay lower than the altitude of 5200m for the next six weeks.
The best thing these days was that we got to know our third team member: Pemba Sherpa. He will assist us in high altitude and he will join Hannes beyond North Col (7050m). He is 39 years old and has been on Everest four times, two times on the summit. We are excited what stories he can tell. He was very proud when we gave him the SympaTex gear including a brandnew downsuit. For us it is really important to work as a team and having the same comforts.
On Tuesday we will hike up to the intermediate camp at 5950m. We will stay there for two nights and then we will return to BC again for two or three nights. After that we are planning to climb to ABC (6400m).
In general there is still a little too much snow on the mountain. Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 6400m is still completely snow-covered. The rope fixing teams progress only very slowly. We don’t expect to reach North Col (7050m) before May 1st. We will let you guys know how things work out.
Yesterday morning we were invited to an introduction talk about oxygen use by the British oxygen-guru Ted Atkins. That was informative and funny, but it still didn’t convince Hannes to use oxygen for upcoming mountaineering goals.
In the afternoon Hannes went down the valley to visit the old Rongbuk monastery which was a nice cultural interruption from mountaineering life. Nils spent the time hiking high and taking pictures of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks.