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Dawa, Jamie and Da'Oangchu establish North Col/Camp 1

We get great spots and ladders are used for the first time on this side

25 April - North Col load carry

There is always a bit of nervousness when heading up to 7000m - how will I feel, will I cope, especially as I still haven't kicked the diarrhoea? Well, my strenuous training, all of 3 months doing nothing in Kathmandu, and a couple of walks to get to ABC obviously paid off. Dawa with a light load made it up in 3:20, myself and Da'Oangchu getting stuck behind queues of sherpas still made heavier loads in under 4 hours.

Our friends at Arun had reserved tent spots for us, some of the best too! Thanks, guys! We put up one tent and dropped the other tents and gas inside, and six and a half hours later were back in ABC. Same again tomorrow, but we might be a little slower, hurting?

Sukhi listened to her mother, who quoted her horoscope and said she shouldn't travel today, so she and Moe relaxed and walked around camp.

Tomorrow She will go up to stay the night at North Col, probably.

I wish I had pictures to show, but I forgot to put a memory card in my camera; perhaps tomorrow. In particular the two short ladders across some crevasses, this is the first time they have been used to North Col, as far as I know. Also the way the terrain has changed there, one has to wonder whether global warming might be taking its toll.

Dawa brings in some delicious apple fritters for dessert;
Moe looks forward to them, his stomach being better.

 

Julian is still in BC, as far as we know, and Paul, the elusive last member is with a large team for Lhakpa Ri, and they have just reached Interim Camp. We expect Temba back up at ABC tomorrow with some fresh supplies. All calm and quiet in ABC.

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