Yesterday we ventured into the icefalls. Our goal was to get to the first set of ladders, about an hour and a half of climbing through a labyrinth of ice, water and rock. Wow did I have memories of last year. I couldn’t believe that I was back so soon and all the pain and suffering came sweeping back. It was a hard day for me. Not certain if it is because I am not yet acclimatized or if I once again have become a tent potato, but yesterday nearly killed me. I couldn’t catch my breath, find my rhythm, get into the groove… whatever it was it was eluding me. I crawled back to my tent totally deflated and ready to pack it in.
It snowed last night. Everest base camp is coated in white, and the rough rocks and jagged edges of this inhospitable world are softened. The sun is out and the day is warm. Seth and I are heading out for a hike to stretch the legs and get the lungs working. I am hopeful for a better day than yesterday. Guess I should look on the positive side, as Rob reminds me, I did achieve my goal and made it to the ladders, crossed many and returned shortly after the group. To me it was a miserable experience. Still this is Everest and misery is part of the territory now what am I going to do about it?
Time to dig in right? Keep reminding me of that.
Oh yes… Climb On!
RMI dispatch courtesy of Seth Waterfall – Wendy’s amazing guide!
March 30, 2010
Hi, this is Seth writing you from the Everest Bakery and Cyber Cafe in Namche Bazaar. It’s a beautiful day in the Khumbu.
Our schedule calls for a rest day today in order to allow our bodies to adjust to the altitude here. It’s kind of strange to have to acclimatize to a location that is a fully functioning town. But a slow and steady approach to basecamp is necessary to keep us healthy for the upcoming climb.
Namche is a beautiful village located in a high amphitheater surrounded by craggy peaks. The town is bustling with trekkers from all over the globe which give it a very cosmopolitan feel. It’s the Sherpa capital and it’s cool to see all of the guys moving through town on their way to basecamp. It must be climbing season.
The team is doing well and everyone is enjoying the trek so far. A few of us were able to get a glimpse of Everest this morning, which was great. It’s as big as I remember!
Tomorrow we are taking a day hike to the village of Kumjung and hopefully we’ll be able to get views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and of course Everest.
Published April 30, 2009
Tags: acclimitization, altitude sickness, Base Camp, Camp 1, Camp 2, climbing Everest with MS, Khumbu Ice Falls, mountain climbing, MS, Mt. Everest, multiple sclerosis, Wendy Booker
Hi everyone – Trish here again…
Wendy is high in the sky and the computers are down for the count. Looks like you’ll be stuck with me as middle man for a while. I just spoke with her via satellite phone and here is a quick update:
Brooke is posting photos and video whenever possible to the Mountain Link website. Visit http://www.mountain-link.com to see the latest news.
Here is slideshow of early photos from the mountain as well:
The team spent last night at Camp 1 around 19,000 ft. and will be moving up to Camp 2 later today. Wendy managed the Khumbu Ice Falls well yesterday, but is glad to have them behind her! Very treacherous. Camp 3 is still not ready to receive climbers, but it looks like the first summit attempts will be possible by May 6th or 7th. Wendy does not anticipate trying to be the first to the top this year, but it’s good to know that soon the team will be able to move forward as they feel able.
Wendy and Brooke are still coughing and dragging a little bit. Their bodies cannot heal very quickly in the thin air. But she said that physically she is feeling strong and is not having any symptoms related to the altitude (good news!). The expedition is just going to ‘play it by ear’ as to when they push for the summit based upon everyone’s health. If they begin feeling the effects of the altitude, the team will move back down to lower elevations to adjust and then climb up again.
Thanks to all of you who are watching Wendy’s progress. Everytime we speak I share your comments and messages of support. It means so much to her.