The Everest 2019 team is back down in base camp after completing the final rotation up to Camp 3 the other day. Like a work trip, the acclimatization road trips from base camp are always nice to complete because you can feel progress toward the overall goal.
It was business as usual up high with nights spent to acclimate the body for the future summit push. The team climbed well up the Lhotse Face and made it to C3 in just 4.5 hours which is quite alright and feeling strong. One more night spent high in C2 and then the group descended to the luxuries of base camp on Taco Friday! A time honored tradition at the Mtn Pros base camp. With a round of showers, a few libations and then a good nights rest, today is just for plain old doing nothing.
Now the business at hand is two-fold before any further progress. 1. we will wait and see how the summit rope fixing group does, with winds hopefully projected to die down on the 12th we will anxiously wait to hear. 2. Our Sherpa staff still needs to make some carries to C4 with much needed O2 and of course the tents for staying up in the South Col. Everyone is in Base camp as of today to rest and relax.
Our guide Tashi Sherpa did a phenomenal job on the 9th of coming to the aid of an injured climbing Sherpa from another team. He was just above the incident when it happened at the lower part of the Lhotse Face as our climbing team had already descended to C2, when we got the radio call from Tashi who was on the scene at the victims side helping as the first responder. Several of the various teams at C2 rallied to send up man power and first aid supplies and package the Sherpa, as a rescue helicopter was dispatched. We do know that the Sherpa is stable and in the hospital in Kathmandu and we hope for the best.
It is good to see the different teams rally together to do a rescue when needed and we hope this continues to work in the future, with no more incidents this season? For now we start to look at all the information on the progression of the climb and will report in with any planned movements from our team.