It has been an intense period of activity at Base Camp, involving the summit of a neighbouring 6,119m peak Lobuche for further acclimatisation, focused technical training for the Khumbu Ice Fall and the undertaking of local rituals – the Puja ceremony, which prays for the safe passage of climbing teams through the mountains.
The notorious Khumbu Ice Fall (a vast glacier lying just above Base Camp) is one of the most dangerous sections of the Everest climb and the summit team has undergone extensive technical preparation for this terrain – a series of plummeting crevasses which must be crossed with hanging roped ladders.
Historically the acclimatisation schedule has entailed multiple crossings of this ice field as summit teams move up and down from Base Camp to Camp 2, but we have reduced this by incorporating Lobuche peak into our preparation. The boys all summited and enjoyed some breathtaking views of what looms on the horizon ahead of them.
Once through this difficult section the Everest 2012 Expedition will ascend to Camp 2, past the Lhotse face and on to Camp 3. All will go quiet for a few days as the boys move up to the higher camps. Expedition HQ will be updating the website here with voiceblogs from the team as often as the team can send them out via satellite.