September 26, 2006 Team Welcomes Clear Skies
It’s the evening of the 26th of September. I’m standing at a high spot very near our base camp and I’m looking at nothing but white in every direction. Of course, today did clear after 5 days of a lot of moisture and precipitation but the snow [broken transmission] is still quite thick.
No one went anywhere today, no Sherpas carried, no one climbed. This is the day to wait for the avalanches to slide. All day long we had a constant barrage of sounds coming from every direction, off Nupste, off Pumori, off the west shoulder of Everest (the Lo La) a very active day. So it was a safe day to stay put at base camp.
It was a day when the climbing members made a lot of satellite phone calls. Michael Boni had a very special call to his wife Lauren to commemorate their 25th wedding anniversary. He spoke for quite awhile with Lauren who is back in White Rock, BC.
I saw Jimmy [broken transmission] and it was a relaxing day at base camp in the sunshine even though we are still surrounded by snow.