So our schedule has been set, at 2am we will set out for our second rotation through the icefall, but instead of stopping at camp one, we will push all the way through to camp two. My pack will be half the size, hallelujah, but it will still be a very long day. We will gain 4,000 feet of official elevation but climb more like 7,000. I’m not sure of the mileage but it will be a long way.
Our goal is to get to camp two before a storm, that is moving in quickly. The storm looks like a 2-3 day storm with winds and maybe a foot of snow. We will hold up in our tents and wait it out, all the while acclimatizing to 21,300 ft. Once we have a clear window, we will push up the Lhotse face to camp three, roughly 24,500 ft. There we will sit for about 30 minutes, pushing our bodies to adapt to the thin air. All of this without oxygen.
After our break we repel down the Lhotse face back to camp 2 and await further instruction. We could be up there for 4-10 days pending on weather. I again will have my Garmin (sat phone for texting) and will be able to send updates to Tracy. She will do her best to post my blog but without pictures just like the last rotation and maybe not everyday.
I have now been gone from Costa Rica for one month, basically the halfway point. I cannot thank my love Tracy, my sister Lindsey, my whole family, my staff at all Iguana Locations, and stretch my construction partner, enough for supporting me and picking up the slack while I’m gone. I also want to thank Alan Arnette and all you great people for following along on this journey! The side of a frozen mountain can become a lonely place, and even though my team is great and a pleasure to be with, your support has meant a lot to me.
All the well wishes and cheering me on, whether through the blog or my other social media sites, THANK YOU!
Again, I am filled with anticipation and excitement to be heading back up this beautiful mountain, but you’re a fool if you are not just a bit terrified at the same time! That being said:
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
– C. JoyBell C.
Earlier in the day we hiked up just over 18,000 ft to Pumori Basecamp and I got a great video of The Valley, basecamp, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Everest. Enjoy the video. Pretty cool perspective. Just as a reference the top of the ice fall to the Lhotse face is about 8 miles.