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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Moving to Camp 1

Things will start to get serious tomorrow. I will be packing my backpack today and hopefully getting a good sleep tonight. I should be up at 3:30 tomorrow morning, eating breakfast by 4 and moving into the infamous Khumbu Icefall by 4:30 am.

The hope is to reach Camp 1 in six hours and then spend one night there before moving to Camp 2 for another 2-3 nights. More is better, but not too much more. At this elevation (about 21,500’) you are obviously forced to acclimate but you are also rapidly deteriorating. Eating and sleeping is difficult and of course it can be really cold.

I will be joining the last of our team on this journey as more than half moved up yesterday and today. The reports are that the icefall is in good condition with only two horizontal ladders. Everyone always has mixed emotions at this point, especially those who have never gone through this obstacle course. There has been a lot of tragedy and death here and only a fool wouldn’t take it seriously.

 But there’s also excitement to get going and make some real progress in moving up higher and seeing all the famous landmarks for yourself. It has an eerie beauty to it and the Western Cwm is an otherworldly place that alternates between stifling heat and serious cold. 

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