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DISPATCH #5, April 17, Base Camp at 5150m DISPATCH #5, April 17, Base Camp at 5150m. Everything worked as planned so far. Yesterday we reached the Tibetan Basecamp at Everest at around 5200m. It was a strange experience both physically and mentally to drive up to basecamp with a jeep.On other expeditions it is necessary to hike a major stretch to get to the base camp allowing a good acclimatization and enough time for mental preparation.

We will now definitely needed some time to get used to the new surroundings here. There are for example two huge tent towns built by a Swiss and a Russian expedition organizer. One of them is famous for inviting all mountaineers to a party with disco and fireworks.

We are very thankful for the high quality service our partner Amical Alpin provides and were soon able to pitch up our own production tent. Given this special opportunity we immediately started our work with Alex from Bayerischer Rundfunk. Regrettably we were confronted with a technical obstacle. Our solar-charged batteries seem to have difficulties with the cold (-10°C during night) so now we are trying to heat them up with the help of the high altitude sun.

Today we also put up our first SympaTex Trash Collector bin. The bin is an expedition barrel to collect all the rubbish that is often left behind and litters the environment in many camps and of many paths. Our aim is to put up more along the way to the upcoming camps.

The weather is not good yet: cloudy in the morning, cold at night and snowy on the flanks and in the camps that are higher up. The “big one” (Everest) once again showed up during the afternoon after hiding behind clouds during the last days. I hope this means that the weather will brighten up tomorrow.






Expedition will not be continued

DISPATCH #9 April 27,  Base Camp at 5150m 
This morning Alix von Melle and Luis Stitzinger, Alexander Brutscher (BR) as well as Nils Peuse and Hannes Künkel (Third Pole) decided to cancel their Everest 2015 expedition in light of the tragic events that have occurred and are still occurring on Mt. Everest and in Nepal.

Earth quake in Nepal

DISPATCH #8 April 25,  Base Camp at 5150m 
As we were waiting for lunch at around 12am the Himalaya was hit by a massive earthquake. The earth was shaking heavily for at least 30 seconds followed by rockfall from the debris flanks.

Into the ice of Everest

DISPATCH #7 April 22,  Base Camp at 5150m 
We left Base Camp for the first time to hike up to an intermediate Camp at 5750m. We followed the glacier tongue of Rongbuk glacier before climbing up into the right tributary of the Eastern Rongbuk glacier which will lead us up to the North Col (7050m).

Adapting to high altitude

DISPATCH #6 April 21,  Base Camp at 5150m 
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.