Lhotse Team Return after an exciting time at Camp1 and Camp2
After a short delay in departure as the ice fall doctors repaired the fixed ropes and ladders the Lhotse team departed base camp at 2.30am on 27th
April for their second rotation on the mountain. Aware of the dangers of the ice fall we moved quickly and silently, clipping each rope and listening carefully for any cracks or crunches of the ice we were standing on or that hanging from seracs above. As we topped out into the Western Cwm the atmosphere relaxed and we stopped for a drink and a bite of food, knowing another 3/4hr would see us tucked into our tents with a brew. Leaving slightly later meant that we would benefit from the sun as it hit our tents around 8.am. We had instructed Chongba our Sherpa who travelled with us through the ice fall to move on quickly through the danger zone and continue to camp 2 with his load.
By 9am we were settled in our tents , stoves were on and we relaxed as the sun warmed us through. Chatting away between the tents we all agreed that we were feeling good and were looking forward to catching up on the nights sleep. It was then there was a big whooof!! I poked my head out the tent . An uneditable word shot out of my mouth as I screamed for Ron and Scott to stay in their tents. Nuptse had released the biggest avalanche I have every seen in my life........... there was no time for any thoughts or actions. We put our backs to the main force and covered our heads as the snow flattened our tents and the down draught tried to suck us out. Powder snow entered through every open door and we were in a white abyss desperately trying to fight the crushing weight of snow. Time passed and eventually the tidal wave of snow stopped We shouted at each other … to ensure our team was OK. I grabbed the radio and notified Pemba our Sirdar at base camp “ Pemba Di Pemba Di we have been hit by an avalanche. We are Ok but where are our sherpas....” Excited radio calls in Nepali were transmitted and soon we knew all our sherpas had escaped the avalanche. More radio calls revealed that one sherpa from another team was injured in a crevasse above us, but there was a team already at his rescue. We shook ourselves off and with legs wobbling recorded the destruction of camp 1. Not wanting to stay around Camp 1 we packed all our kit and stared slowly up towards camp 2. Passing the huddle of rescues including Pasang and Pem Chiring from our Everest team I gave away our rescue rope and ice screws and continued. We were met by Chongba who relieved us of some of the weight and finally we arrived in Camp 2 very tired and shaken. Some members of the Everest team gave us a well needed welcome and soon we were being watered and fed in our new camp.
The following morning the Everest team left early and we turned over snuggled into our beds knowing we had a complete rest day ahead of us. General house keeping was order of the day and Scott moved house to one with a slightly more level floor. Our camp 2 cooks Lhakpa and Heme worked hard to make this high camp as comfortable as possible.
On the 29th April it was time to mobilise ourselves and we set off to gain height towards the bergshund at the bottom of the Lhotse face. The prevailing wind although not too strong made it feel very cold and and on reaching 6700m it was time to turn around back to camp. It was noticeable that many Sherpas and team members were fully clad in down suits. Perhaps we had misjudged the temperatures so the following day saw us take a walk out of camp dressed in full down. Feeling more comfortable in our suites we made good progress and returned to camp feeling much more acclimatised.
We had now spent four nights at camp 2 and it was time to return to the luxury of base camp. Leaving camp 2 early we made great progress down through the western Cwm back to camp 1 and then back through the ice fall to arrive back at base camp for breakfast.
Now the Lhotse team are catching up on some showers, washing and rest before leaving for their next rotation to sleep at camp 3.
Posted on 03 May 2012 by adele
Lhotse Team Reach Camp 1 6070m
At 2am on the 22nd April The Lhotse team left base camp to spend the night at camp 1 in the Western Cwm. The day before a Sherpa had fallen off a ladder into a crevasse and unfortunately had died. The mood was sombre and as we walked around the altar of the Puja our thoughts went to the Sherpa and his family. Today it seemed different, the sounds of the ice cracking made us jump, there was silence as we made our way higher and higher. Numerous Sherpas doing their daily load carries, mumbled prayers as they passed us on the route and as usual the politeness of travel in the ice fall continued. By 7.08 am we had reached camp 1 just five hours and 10 minutes after leaving base camp. A 40km/hr wind blew loose snow across the glacier and brought the temperature we felt right down to minus 20 degree C. Tucked into our tents we waited for the sun to rise in the Cwm to warm us through. Within the hour the temperature rose as we nibbled our way through our high altitude rations and slept the morning away. A few visits outside to take some pictures and to wander around the camp was enough for our bodies to acclimatise to this new altitude. After a very windy night we packed up and left Camp 1 by 6am. Against the flow of the up coming traffic in the ice fall we exercised British ( and American) politeness along with the Sherpas and made it back to base camp in time for a 9am breakfast.Now resting the Lhotse team intend to return to camp 1 and camp two later this week.
Adele, Scott and Ron
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 by adele
Lhotse Team get to work. 20th April 2012
Today the Lhotse team are resting after their first excursion to 5850m into the ice fall. In order to prepare to climb the fourth highest mountain in the world Lhotse (8543m) the team have to acclimatise by ascending to several camps on the mountain. Their route follows that of the Everest Climbers until camp 3 where they turn off and ascend to a camp 4 and then climb the Lhotse Couloir to the summit. The team Adele ( Leader), Ron and Scott are climbing with three Sherpas along side the Jagged Globe Everest team. On Sunday the team will leave base camp again to ascend to camp 1 6080m before returning to base camp.
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by adele
8th |April Acclimatisation
Even though Scott and Adele felt really good this morning they stuck to the golden rules of acclimatisation.
Today they walked to Mendey and up to the Hindu retreat where they where welcomed. Deciding to decline the offer of tea they continued to reach the 3800m threshold before returning to Namche to meet up the girls on tour Emily and Ruth.
Tommorow Scott and Adele will make their way towards the Gokyo valley whilst Ron who has now landed in Lukla will make his way to Namche.
Posted on 08 Apr 2012 by adele
7th April Namche
Today Adele and Scott reached Namche (3440m) on their trek into base camp to climb Lhotse (8516m). With all the technical gadgits possible Adele hopes to keep the website news of their progress on the trek and climbing the mountain up to date.
Posted on 07 Apr 2012 by adele