Sunday, 20 April 2014
Scott played the role of the Easter Bunny this morning, delivering chocolates to everyone's place in the dining tent. Later today, we are having ham with sauerkraut for dinner. Those things were part of the 600 pounds of supplies we shipped over from the U.S.
Things have been pretty quite across the camp today. There have been a few gatherings, but no decisions. At this point, we are in a wait-and-see mode about next steps.
Many Sherpa left EBC yesterday and today to return to their home villages to participate in funerals for the departed. OUr thoughts go with them. They are expected to return to EBC in several days.
Our team took the day to prepare their climbing harnesses and jumar rigs. A jumar is a device which clamps onto a fixed roope, but can be moved up or down when the climber pulls a release lever. The Jumar is large enough to permit a mittened hand to fit through its handle. A short piece of rope attaches the Jumar to the climber's harness and a second short rope connects to a back-up carabiner. This harness-Jumar-carabiner rig is the primary safety gear used in the ascent of Everest.
Afterwards, Nima Tashi rigged up a fixed line on the hill above camp for a bit of practice by the group. Everyone passed with flying colors.
Tomorrow, Barbara will depart with Nima Tashi for her own summit quest. She plans to climb Lobuche East, a 20,000+ peak about 5 hours south of EBC. They will walk down there tomorrow and climb on Tuesday. We wish her well and look forward to hearing her victory stories on Wednesday, when they return to camp.
Thank you all for the heartfelt thoughts and prayers over the past several days. Although we are all fine, this has been a sad time for the extended EBC community and the Khumbu region.
Lots of love to our family and friends.
Posted by: Scott Williams
Blogs by other members of the expedition
Shane - http://HeartHealthyEverestClimb2014.blogspot.com
Steve - http://Wetumpka2Everest.blogspot.com
Jeff - http://www.highpeakadventures.com/high_peak_adventures/web_log/web_log.html
Pringles, condoments and rigging
Martin checking the length of his setup