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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Charging Batteries

May 6, 2013

The weather at BC has improved over the last 48 hours.  The winds that were pounding us for days on end have eased tremendously and in fact at night it is now mostly dead calm.  I walked around camp yesterday in only a t-shirt for much of the afternoon.  This is a huge improvement as I was wearing two down jackets and insulated pants consistently. Yesterday I went to a cave above the BC area with Ole and today we are all just hanging out, enjoying the weather and charging batteries.

Batteries are an ongoing problem and topic of conversation.  Almost everyone has a smart phone, iPad and/or computer to charge, along with camera batteries and Phil's four group computers, etc. We have two small Honda generators (which are putting out perhaps half their rated power due to the elevation) plus a ton of solar panels.  I'm able to keep most of my stuff going by using my own small solar panel.

I am feeling very well and everyone from Phil on down is anxious to get this expedition completed. I am trying to stay active every day and keep my conditioning up.  We get 12 hours in bed each night which is too long so I read, watch movies, or do puzzles for a couple of hours before going to sleep.


  1. Good Luck! Dan from New Jersey :)

  2. Following your progress and wishing you, your group, and everyone else up there a successful climb.

    I really like the pics and accompanying descriptions/stories.

    Jim Justa
    Lincoln NE USA