We leave in a couple of hours for our journey back up the Ronbuk Glacier and leave all the trimmings of Base Camp behind us. It is time to get grizzly again.
The walk to Intermediate Camp should take us five hours and has us weaving ourselves over a never-ending mass of undulating moraines where nature has scattered a good portion of Tibet’s boulders. It is a path on LSD!
We heard last night that our camp which we set at the North Col two weeks ago has taken a battering from the recent high (100mph) winds we've had. This has come from another team who arrived at Base Camp yesterday having just come down from there. They said that several tents were blown away and others ripped to shreds. This is a bit of a concern as we have left all our high altitude stuff up there - oxygen masks, cylinders, down suits etc. There is no way of knowing how we have been affected until we get someone up there, which we will try and do today. All I can say is thank God no one was up there at the time.
Anyway, we cannot do anything from here until we know what we have lost, if anything. If we have lost stuff we will find a way around it I'm sure. Mountains, like being at sea, make one nothing if not resourceful!
Apart from that everyone is in good form. Team 1 are leaving Intermediate Camp this morning heading to Advanced Base Camp where we will meet up with them tomorrow. We have not heard from Rikki, who is recovering from his chest infection in Zhangmu. Hopefully he will be back up here in a day or two and then hot on our tail on the mountain.
Snowing now so it is going to be a chilly walk today, but I am excited to be leaving Base Camp and us getting back into the thick of it.
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