Monday, 21 April 2014
Today was bright and sunny. This means three things: we are going to be comfortably warm, our solar panels will charge the batteries (yay!), and the ice beneath us will slowly melt.
Where we are, the Khumbu Glacier moves about 3-6 inches per year. We occasionally hear pops and snaps as the ice shifts. Although the surface is covered in rock, deep ice lies just beneath the surface. As the sun warms the rock layer, rivulets of water emerge in odd places. For example, two days ago, Jim's tent had a small stream runnihg in the front door. Needless to say, he got moved to higher ground. A small puddle developed in the middle of our dining tent, but it goes away each evening as the temperatures drop. Such are the oddities of camping on a living glacier.
Barbara headed off with Nima Tashi today to climb Lobuche East. If all goes to plan, they should get up at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and ascend the 20,000+ peak. We hope to see them back in EBC on Wednesday.
Jeff, Martin, Shane, and Steve headed off to Pumori for a warm-up hike. They were excited to get out of camp and get some exercise.
Jim wandered off to some other expedition camps this afternoon to see what was going on. Some groups have decided to pull out and leave, while others (including us) are waiting to see what is happening.
I stayed in camp, programming radios and getting solar power run to the members' tents. Each person should have solar lighting, power and USB outlets. It is sure to ease the daily crunch for recharging devices.
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
Barabara setting off for her climb of Loubuche East with Nima Tashi
Day hike to Pumori Camp 1... dragging Steve kicking a screaming the entire way!!!!