Lobuche and back again. Easy.
Jaco Van Gass | April 21, 2012
Hi, hello everyone this is Jaco here, speaking from the Walking With the Wounded Everest Team 2012. The whole team is back in Base Camp after a double summit push of Lobuche. Lobuche is a peak just over 6,000m and it’s one of the phases of our acclimatisation period.
The last six days we’ve spent doing this – we left Everest Base Camp and we went down to Lobuche Base Camp. From there we went down to Camp Rock which is camp 1, which is the similar height to Base Camp and from there on we pushed on in one day up to the summit of Lobuche and all the way back down to Lobuche Base Camp. From there we had one day rest, preparing our kit again, getting food sorted and from there on we went on to do a summit push all the way directly from Base Camp – skipping Camp 1 – all the way to the summit of Lobuche.
Now this is one of the most beautiful peaks ever and you get one of the best views that you can possibly get of Mt Everest, obviously our goal that we’re trying to reach.
From there on we spent two days on the summit to try to acclimatise and not a lot happened. Obviously it’s a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’, so from there on reaching the summit, settling into your tent, conducting personal admin and then it’s just a lot of waiting, sleeping, listening to music and those who have iPads or iPhones watching movies, DVDs or whatever it might be.
From there on it was an early start this morning; 5 o’clock get-up call, 6 o’clock start and then we made our way all the way back to Base Camp – Lobuche Base Camp for that one – and then the whole trek back in to Everest Base Camp.
We are all now very safe and sound and with a couple of rest days lying ahead of us we all will take the time to do some personal admin: washing clothes, get a shower, hopefully a shave as well(!) and just generally chill out. That was about it.
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