Wednesday, April 27, 2011

27th April

I managed to climb to the north col today. I did the whole walk in 6 hours 40 minutes which is very fast. The sherpas said I was very strong today so this is good news. I climbed with Sonam for the first time. He was really helpful on the way up. The walk was really good today. the fixed lines went over quite a few crevasses and under a few seracs. The trail seemed to wind up the face. North Col camp was really quite barren.  The  ridge doesn't  seem  that  long  but  I'm sure it will be when I climb it.

The team is generally fine although some are showing signs of altitude sickness.

I should have been able to get a good view of the summit from the top of the north col but unfortunately the weather was bad so I wasn't able to see it.

tomorrow I'm going back down to bc. 

23rd April

I'm at ABC at the moment and i'll be here for a couple of days. I've been suffering from the altitude a bit. I've had a headache all day, I've taken half a diamox and some ibuprofen.It's been snowing today which means it's been quite cold.

The last two days we've moved from BC to intermediate camp to ABC. The
treks been quite hard because of the Altitude but it's been really quite
amazing. I've seen 30 foot penitentes, they make the ones on Aconcagua
look really pathetic. we've been walking up the west Rongbuck Glacier to
get to ABC. I think everyone's been affected by the walk and I do feel
quite tired but I'm ok.

tomorrow we are having  a rest day then we will go up the north col if the
weather is good. after that we will go back down to base camp.