One of the main frustrations of Everest Base Camp is having to hang out between (or before) a rotation. Your body is working hard to adapt to the new altitude while you are lazing around, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. For us A-type personalities it is hard to do nothing, and it can be pretty boring – and quite frustrating to be honest. We all want to just get up there and get ‘ahead’ of things, and even paradise gets old (notwithstanding a beautiful coating of new snow).
Just as I was reaching the threshold of genuine boredom – I get the go-ahead! Tomorrow at 3am I am heading up the icefall on my first proper rotation, first to Camp 1 at 6,050m for probably 3 nights, and then to Camp 2 at 6,400m for a similar amount of time if things go well – we’ll see how my body adapts and how hard I can push without overdoing it. It is a little bit of a step into the unknown, but I’m excited. For now I just can’t wait to get up there!
See you in a week, with luck and a following wind!