Life at Basecamp…

RMI dispatch from Casey Grom…

April 10, 2010
17,575 ft.

All is well here at Everest Base Camp and life is easy for now.

We usually have breakfast around 8am (this morning we had pancakes) and relax in the warmth of the morning sun. The next few hours are spent on personal chores and taking it easy while our bodies adjust to the altitude. Lunch comes next and then is shortly followed by nap time or just relaxing in the tents. Dinner is at 6:30 sharp and dress attire is down jackets and insulated pants. Although the dining tent is quite comfortable being double walled, carpeted, and it even has a propane heater. Clearly we are not roughing it!

Everyone seems to be doing great and we are enjoying these few days of rest before we get busy. Today we had a gear review and dress rehearsal and then went for a short stroll through the lower glacier.

A special thanks tonight to Mark Tucker and Jeff Martin for providing a wonderful burrito dinner!

Namaste!

Casey and crew.

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