This made my day lol
Today dispelled any notion that one could simply pay money and get to the top of Everest. Getting past the Khumbu is the first thing we do as we get onto the mountain proper, and it involves climbing ladders, ascending fixed ropes, abseiling… all done in darkness with crampons and expedition down mitts on, all on a living, moving river of ice (up to 1m a day). And this is just the START of the climb!
Our training was conducted on the lower sections of the Khumbu Glacier, preparing us for our “cycles” up the mountain, each one going further and further until our summit push cycle.
I was pretty nervous about the training, mainly because I didn’t want to look like a complete ass. I’m the only member of the team with NO high altitude experience. Hell, I’ve never even used an Ascender device (small device that allows you to move it up the rope, but not down - used on fixed ropes). I’ve never climbed on fixed ropes, always more traditional mountaineering with belay and anchors or roped together for glacier travel.
I’ve also been recovering from a cold which stopped me from completing one of the acclimatization trips. The slightest thing at this altitude becomes and problem. I had a bad finger infection that got progressively worse. Eating too much makes you nauseous very fast, drinking to little gives an instant headache.
Tomorrow? Why back to the Khumbu for more of the same training!
One step in front of the other.. and if you feel sleepy don’t stop keep going lol. We want you back in one piece.
Dean “Rocket” Hall during his Puja ceremony today, proceeded by a local lama. Flour is spread on each others faces, hopefully signifying the individual reaches old age. Rocket is completing this devblog from Everest Base Camp during his attempt on the summit of Mt Everest.
Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown [amazon]
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HAHA this is how i would picture it
This is actually a pretty cool short film.
I’ve been watching the super long recording of Joel and Rev playing Day Z FOR 3 HOURS NOW AND IT’S AMAZING.
HAHA so true!
Either a new form of Hadouken or Ken’s really fallen on hard times.
Everest view from above Namche village
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I want one :-)