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Moving on up

Fri 23 Nov 2012 10:11 » Jon

Haven’t moved far since yesterday, but the terrain between Camp 1 & 2 is pretty slow going. The route is all on fixed lines and is a combination of hauling oneself up on an ascender or traversing on a couple of karabiners.

We’re now at just over 6,000m, so have climbed about 300m. Quite a large chunk of this the famous Yellow Tower, which leads up to Camp 2. It’s near vertical, and pretty much wiped out the whole team.

Camp 2 itself looks amazing (try Googling for images of Ama Dablam Camp 2) but it’s not the most pleasant place in the world – there’s hardly any room for tents and the pitches are rocky as hell. Plus there’s nowhere to go to the toilet, so people go everywhere and the whole place stinks like a portaloo.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. The team is down to seven now, and we’re hoping to reach Camp 3 tomorrow, so we can summit on Sunday when the wind is a little lighter.

5 Comments »

  1. Good Luck Bob

    Fingers crossed for good weather for you. It’s a huge achievement to get to camp 2.
    So many days in those conditions is a real challenge, physically and psychologically. Keep going fella and stay positive.

    Balance the ****** boat while you’re at it as well

    Pete

    Comment by Pete (Twoshedz) Smith — November 23, 2012 @ 12:28

  2. Go Jonny Go!

    Bump, Saara, and I are all ‘routing’ for you.. Hope our pun put a smile on your cracking lips ;-)

    Take care, get up and get down!

    Steve & Saara xx

    Comment by Steve Vance — November 23, 2012 @ 20:52

  3. You must smell! Do you smell yourself coming when you walk round the tent?! No but seriously, keep going & really hope all plays in your favour for a summit on Sunday. H xx

    Comment by H — November 23, 2012 @ 21:32

  4. Great to have news, but camp site looks pretty dire. Hope weather holds for next few days. Good luck!

    Comment by George S. — November 23, 2012 @ 21:55

  5. I know you won’t be able to watch this on the mountain but it seems like the way to get back down again:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwnH0zAo350

    Comment by Steve — November 23, 2012 @ 22:13

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