After our first false start we are now leaving the comforts of Base Camp, or 'Camp Walker' as it is known, and starting our journey back into the bosom of this regal mountain. At last!
We have been getting conflicting messages from our weather experts but analysing all the information it appears that the slackest weather up high is over the 18th/19th and it is this window that we are now heading for.
Our aim is to not have a rest day at Advanced Base Camp and continue up the North Col and then through Camp 2 and 3 and then, God willing, hit the Summit on the 18th. Obviously, that is the 'plan' and knowing how quickly everything can change here we might need to adapt. Flexibility being key.
What we are trying not to do is to spend any more days at altitude than is totally necessary. I already have a shortfall of brain cells and I can ill afford to lose any more!
The Doc, Rod and I are feeling strong and these extra days down here have done us the world of good. We are a tight team and move well together which will help us as we get higher and everything gets more difficult.
Hempie and Co are heading up to the North Col today and are pushing for a small window before ours. It is funny being separated from them as we have all been together this whole trip. Anyway, we wish them God speed and a safe trip up and down. Our paths will cross somewhere up high where hopefully we will be able to clink a glass of fizz as they return from the summit!
So that is it, as I said before we now need to get grizzly and power our way to the crown of this big mountain. Next blog will be from ABC in two days. Thereafter it will be Gina updating news and progress as I will be slowly transforming myself into that 'smelly warrior' that one has to become to pay homage at the top of this enormous, magnificent piece of rock.
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