Manaslu Expedition #313 September 2016
It continues to rain here at BC however my friends at Meteotest tell me that the tail end of the monsoon is about to leave us, even if we are right on the edge of the bands of rain. In the meanwhile BC seems to be filling with various teams arriving here, making their way through the mist. I hear that there is still about 50 Chinese still in Samagon so no doubt we will see them arriving in the next few days, then it will feel a bit more like a Base Camp I am sure. I have caught glimpses of the Japanese University team of six members who arrived earlier than us and who are attempting the East Ridge. They have a very separate BC from us so we only get to see them when they are on the main ridge, but they seem to be making good progress.
Sunset on false summit
In the meanwhile Seven Summits who have the rope fixing contract this season have been making good progress and two days ago managed to push the route to within 200m of C2 after using 8 ladders on the upper reaches of the Hour Glass. I understand that they made the route to C3 yesterday but cannot confirm this as we have had no visibility between BC and that high on the mountain. And our team have all been up to C1 where they spent 2 nights and also went a reasonable way up towards C2. They all came down this morning for an early lunch which was very welcome. But of course it is raining again so an afternoon in the sleeping bags is in order.
Below C1 so dry
Although there was a heavy monsoon this year, as predicted by Meteotest and as witnessed by those who live in Nepal it appears that it has rained very high hence the lack of deep snow and of course the rapid progress on the hill. The freezing level is still at 5,500m so it is raining even at C1.
A very dry C1
Returning from first trip to C1
Enroute to C2
Enroute to C2
We will have a rest day tomorrow and then will see what the weather is like the following day to see if we can fix our C2 and for the members to start their next rotation on the mountain by going to C1 and then C2 for a couple of nights acclimatisation. Lets hope so.