September 27, 2006 – Reestablishing the Icefall Route

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A glimpse of Everest on our way to Lobuche

Any time you have a storm in magnitude of the one we had over that 5 day period, you know you are not going to go immediately back up on to a big mountain.  You’ve got avalanche hazard and you have an incredible depth of new snow that makes moving around difficult.

Jimmy makes a call from snow covered base campToday we did have Da Sona and Ang Nima and our Sherpa team go back up into the icefall to begin reworking the route, reestablishing the route.  Da Sona reported to me that by mid day, mid morning I should say, that they were making good progress but it was a lot of work.  At the end of their mornings work half of the icefall route had been reestablished.  The Sherpas came back down in the more dangerous afternoon hours to rest at base camp.  And we are hoping we can push through to Camp 1 tomorrow.

Kami Sherpa and Wally make their way towards Gorak Shep and Lobuche todayNow myself and Kami Sherpa decided that we would trek down towards Gorak Shep and Lobuche to meet up with Leila and the trekkers.  It was a very clear day as we made our way along the Khumbu Glacier.  We were treated to stunning views of the snow covered mountains and Everest.  In twenty-four hours from now Kami Sherpa and I will return to base camp.

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