Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lovely Lobuche Camp!

4850m-HimEx Lobuche Camp - After a fresh blanket of snow overnight and a fuel packed breakfast we departed for our camp at the base of the Lobuche peaks. After 3+ hours of trekking and a vertical gain of roughly 500 meters (1650') we were welcomed into a wonderful HimEx camp, all of us getting individual tents. At ~16,000' we are now living higher than any point in the lower 48 States. Attached is a photo of me with my teammates (L to R) Moises Nava from Mexico and Stuart Carder of the UK with Lobuche BC in the background. Towering above us is Lobuche East at around 6,000 meters high or 20,080 feet, close to the height of Denali or "the great one" (aka Mt. McKinley, 20,320') in Alaska, North America's highest point. As mentioned previously we will use the Lobuche peaks for training on fixed ropes to the top and for further acclimatization. This will occur sometime after we get settled into our HimEx Everest basecamp the day after tomorrow. Four hours after arriving in camp, as if by standard afternoon Himalayan clock work, the snow began to fall (see photo). It was even accompanied by the occasional boom of thunder. Amazing how quickly the weather can change here.Tomorrow is our rest day as quite a few of us need it. The standard GI 'bugs' as well as respiratory viruses have been making their way through the team. Not abnormal given the size of our group. It is amazing to think how our bodies are undergoing tremendous physiological changes in order to adapt to the ever increasing thinner air. Despite this thinner air our excitement grows as we inch closer to Everest! Stay tuned and Namaste from Lobuche.