Berg Adventures International 2003 Everest Expedition

Fixing line through the Icefall

Khumbu icefall with BAI base camp chorten in foreground

Today was the day when work on the Ice Fall route finally began. We watched Ang Nima, the "Ice Fall Doctor", and other Sherpas from our team advance the route while we packed and organized food loads at Base Camp.

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Today, the 14th of September, we finally entered the Icefall. It was an exceptionally successful day, I would say.

We advanced 600 meters of the route, fixing line. We’re off to a great start.

Also, it was a good day because I spoke with Brad Johnson on the radio. Leila and the trekkers had handed a radio off to him and he is still feeling great on his trek up. This morning he had his blessing from Lama Gesu at Pangboche, just as we had when we walked through Pangboche. Tonight he is all the way at Dugla at the base of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, at about 15,100 feet. Tomorrow, Brad will walk into Base Camp to join us.

Mountain of AlpineAire Food being repacked for higher campsA lot of organization is still happening. Unpacking boxes of food, all that great AlpineAire Food that was shipped to us at the last minute in the States – it’s going to be a great addition to our high camp effort. It was unpacked and repackaged for camps I, II, III and IV, as well as with a lot of other supplies.

It’s a big logistical operation here. The Sherpas are working hard. Maegan, David, Garry and Grant are pitching in. It’s quite the scene here.

We still have a lot of rain and snow virtually every day. Yesterday we went nowhere because of early morning snow through the night. Today, we had clear skies in the morning and we were out working in the sloppy, warm snow in the afternoon.

Things are progressing well, we’re underway and feeling great about that.

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