Newsletter 3326 May 2010
This is just a quick update to let you know that everyone, including all the Sherpas, are back down at base camp safe and sound, which is a good thing as the icefall seems to be melting at an alarming rate due to the warm temperatures that have been engulfing base camp over the past few days.
Some of the clients have already left base camp and I had lunch with Helmut in Kathmandu on Tuesday., Helmut had to leave the expedition quickly due to personal reasons. “It still has not sunk in that I have actually climbed Mount Everest,” he told me, tucking into his pizza. “I think I will be able to let you know how I feel in a few weeks time.”
The Chinese team left base camp on Tuesday and the other clients were due to start their hike down the valley on Wednesday morning. “We had a great party and our guide Hiro put together an amazing slide show of his pictures of this year’s expedition,” Monica told me by email.
There are still some teams on the mountain, but slowly but surely everyone seems to be moving out of base camp – or even quickly. “There are so many helicopter flights, it sometimes feels like an international airport,” Monica said.
However, before the staff and Sherpas will be able to leave, there will be lots of packing up to do, yaks have to be ordered and the White Pod has to be dismantled and carried down to the store in Gorak Shep.
Furthermore, the Sherpas will have to go back up to Camp 1 and 2 a couple of more times to pack everything up and bring it all down, which means they have to go through the icefall again. So, what means the end of an expedition for the members does not mean the end of the hard work for the Sherpas and the staff.
I am expecting everyone back here in Kathmandu at the end of May and I am looking forward to congratulating all the members, Sherpas, guides and of course Russell, on their amazing summit success.