Jaco updates us on the Camp 2 trek
Jaco Van Gass | April 29, 2012
Hello everyone. Jaco here – Jaco van Gass. It is the 29th of April our second day in Camp 2, making our way up Mt Everest.
Yesterday morning we left about one o’clock from Everest Base Camp making our way to crampon point, which is the start of the Khumbu Ice Fall, and making our way through the Ice Fall. Wen through various stages where we had to make radio contact with Russell Bryce, the expedition leader. Then making our way all the way up through various ladders, crossing crevasses, big boulders and finally getting into Camp 1.
At Camp 1 we had a quick drink and a quick rest and from there on making our way all the way to Camp 2, which lies at 6,400m. We roughly stuck together as a group all the way for about, I would say, roughly an hour and a half into or ascent through the Khumbu Ice Fall where each individual paced roughly starting to spread ourselves out. We made our way up from Camp 1 onto the Western Cwm, approaching Camp 2 and from there on various times came in from the quickest members up to six hours from down below from Base camp to Camp 2, to other members taking just over 10 and a half hours.
Everyone is feeling very well, everyone is doing fine. We have a rest day today, just recovering from the new height, the new altitude that we’d gained over the last couple of days. Last night was very windy, with wind speeds reaching up to 70mph so yes, [...] another clear and sunny day up on the Western Cwm and we’re making our way up to the Lhotse Face tomorrow afternoon.
From there on we’ll have another rest day and then hopefully push up to Camp 3 to spend a night there, reaching yet again new heights and new altitudes for our bodies.
Other than that everyone is feeling OK, everyone is feeling fine and we’re all just in a recovery phase and resting up. Otherwise we’re all good and thank you very much for everything. Bye bye.