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October 24, 2010 5:03 pm

I’m feeling a lot better today, both physically and mentally. Today we dropped down from Pokalde Base Camp to Chukhung (4,730m) for lunch then began the climb up towards Island Peak. We’re now at Island Peak Base Camp (4,960m), which is at about the same altitude as Pokalde Base Camp where we were this morning. The… Read more

Dingboche Acclimatisation

October 20, 2010 11:46 am

In keeping with the standard practice weather, the skies cleared yesterday as evening turned into night, and I had another go at capturing the starlit mountains. This time it worked rather better – the first photo shows Lhotse and Island Peak under the stars. The skies were still clear this morning and the views were… Read more

Ama Dablam appears

October 19, 2010 2:45 pm

The sky finally cleared last night, and even under the light of the moon, the views were amazing. For the first time, we saw the iconic shape of Ama Dablam, and I spent ages trying (not entirely successfully) to get a decent long-exposure night-time photo. This morning it was still clear, the beautiful blue sky… Read more

Acclimatisation in Namche

October 17, 2010 11:57 am

I spent yesterday afternoon relaxing in the lodge while some of the group visited the shops down in the village. I had a lovely shower, then played some cards and had a frustrating game of Scrabble. We had a very good buffet dinner in the evening then carried on playing cards, though I seem to… Read more