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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).

The surrounding mountain scenery is just impressive with massive 7000ers like Nuptse (7879m) and Pumori (7045m) towering above us and blue seracs (steep ice pyramids up to 60m high) right in front of us. It is stunning to see how many yaks are on their way to transport all the mountaineering gear from CBC (5150m) up to Intermediate Camp (5750m) and Advanced Base Camp (6400m). Honestly, it was pretty annoying for us to always step aside from the slippery trail to let the yaks pass us by.

We found out that most of the trash on the way here does not come from the mountaineers and their crews but from the Tibetan yak drivers which throw their rubbish away. As we happily found two official litter deposits on the way we just started to clean up the yak drivers rest places on our own.

With some stops for filming, taking pictures and a small lunch break we needed about five hours to reach our camp. Hannes noticed the altitude difference with one of his worst nights ever. It was really cold with temperatures down to -15°C. On the next morning, after drinking a lot of tea, the headaches were gone and we had a nice acclimatization trip on the middle moraine of the Eastern Rongbuk Glacier up to 5900m and celebrated Nils’ birthday. Again, happy birthday, Nils!

The second night in Intermediate Camp felt much better. The morning after we went back down to Base Camp to recover only to find out that we are facing a little bad weather front with a bit of snowfall. Perfect conditions for good things like eating, listening to music and just taking things easy until we move up higher to ABC (6400m) on Sunday.

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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.

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.

Arrival at base camp

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.