Today I discented from the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at 6,400 m. to the Base Camp (5,200 m.). The distance was about 25 km. A little bit tired, but I am healthy and feeling good.
It is cold on the mountain at that elevation. In a day time, the temperatute is usually several degrees plus Celsius. But a strong wind makes you wear a mask all the time when you are mooving to protect your lungs from cold air. Down jucket is essential peace of clothes in the evening. At night the temperature drops below zero. By the morning the liquid in a pee-bottle in my tent is usually frosen.
Tomorrow I will probably discent to a village 1 km below at 4,200 for a couple of days for rest.
After 3-4 days I will go to the final acclimatization trip for 7-8 days, with two nights at 7,000 and with the climb to elevation 7,500 m or 7,700 m.
Everything is fine. Please find some pictures.
Today is my first rest day on the mountain. It’s also the first time I had a chance to take a bath in a public bath tent. I have time for more stories now.
The tragic accident that happened on the Everest South side so far hasn’t directly affected the climbing season here in Tibet, on the North side of Mt. Everest. Our sherpas are on duty. I am working according to the acclimatization plan.
Yesterday I went to the Intermediate Camp at 5,800 m. to carry some loads. The camp was located on the glacier morane. The trail was a moderate rocky trail with some icy sections. Everything was OK, though one piece of equipment failed to work. It happened about 100 m. below the camp. I was just making another step up, putting some weight on my left Black Dimond pole for support, when suddenly the pole collapsed and I fell down on my left arm, hitting the rock with all my weight. The pain was so sharp that my first thought was: ‘Will I still be able to climb Everest with the broken arm?’ I examined my arm, it functioned, I was able to move my fingers. I was all right, just got a few bludy scretches. Three layers of clothes I had on me has softened the impact.
That was not not the first time the Black Dimond poles were broken while I was climbing/hiking. Last time it happened a couple of years ago while I was crossing the river after climbing Mt. Baker. I applied my weight on the poles to jump to another rock, and one pole got broken. It wasn’t pleasent to fall into the river with a heavy backpack. I stayed with the brand, just bought a “heavy duty” Expedition Poles for Everest expedition. Enough is enough, no BD poles anymore. I wish I have with me my reliable Volki poles that I bought for two bucks on a garage sale. They served me well for about 100 vertical kilometers of hiking (mostly on Grouse mountain trails). They are one section poles, I wasn’t able to take them on the plane.
Other than that small equipment falure everything if fine. I am in a good health and acclimatizing well. Plase find some pictures. I will not provide updates for about four days since I will be up on the mountain, out of the Internet zone.
Thanks everybody for support,
I’ve received emails from many people who cared about my safety. Thanks everyone! I am safe on the mountain. The deadly avalanche happened on the South side of the mountain, in Nepal, on the most popular route. I am climbing from the North, from Tibet. I continue my acclimatization routine. Tried to make pictures of the sponsors’ flags at the Base Camp today after acclimatization trip, but it was too windy. The wind is strong half of the time. It is currently snowing at the Base Camp, but in general the weather is not bad.
Please find some pictures.