Our phone conversation this morning was a rambling one. Robert talked about the walk down to Gorak Shep to see if the internet was working. It wasn't so he ate some momos and then did another walk up Kala Patthar (18,514'). Since he was doing a lot of traveling in the area I asked about the trash on the mountain. He replied, " It's clean. Everywhere on the mountain is clean."
He told me he is feeling "strong & fit" which has been the norm this trip. His appetite is good and so is the food. He talked about Australian steaks that were so tender that they could be cut with a fork. At one point he interrupted himself... "There is a sherpa out there in flip flops!" (Robert had all of his cold weather gear on...it is really cold at EBC right now.) "The Sherpas are amazing. "They are so tough, insanely tough. The Sherpa team carry loads of 35 pounds from EBC up to Camp 2 and then come back down...all in one long 14 hour day." (EBC is at 17,500 feet and Camp 2 is at 21,000 feet in elevation.) The Sherpas make these trips to prepare the higher camps and to bring in supplies ahead of time.
Tomorrow the team will take a hike up to the ice fall. It's about 3 hours up and 2 hours back down. Some of the team haven't had the opportunity to experience the ice fall area so the trip was planned with them in mind.
Hopefully the internet will be working again soon. Robert will be able to give us many more details then.
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