Social and comfortable but we are here to climb a mountain
Moe feels good, Sukhi needs to get fitter and when do we head up to ABC?
10 May - Rongbuk
We trekked to Rongbuk, around 7-8kms, or rather most of us did; Sukhi took a motorbike down. We wandered around the gompa but according to Dawa it wasn't an auspicious day so we didn't make a puja; on the morning of the 11th Dawa and Namgyal went down to put up some more prayer flags.
After a basic lunch we trekked back into the STRONG headwind. Sukhi found it particularly tough going, showing she isn't as acclimatised as she should be. However Moe is now in form, which we are pleased about.
Julian still has a niggling mouth/jaw? infection and is hoping to meet the dentist again, but it does seem to be going away slowly with drugs. He is on
11 May - BC - are we obsessed by food?
Moe is feeling 100%, as demonstrated over lunch.
We have been debating when to head up again for our summit attempt, and for a variety of reasons, it is a tough decision. However we have plenty of time and don't have to hit the first summit window, unlike some other teams. Part of the problem was on 9 May it was so windy that it would have been difficult to even trek up to ABC, and the strong winds are forecast to continue. Only a few tents around BC have been destroyed as most teams are prepared for the high wind, more than 35mph/56km/h or around 16m/s.
Team Ogawa - spies no longer
We have solved the weather forecast saga, international incident no longer; the first forecast they have just paid for says "The forecast models are ALL over the place in this time frame. Thus, not a lot of confidence in this right now." But we did have a worthwhile discussion on summit strategies and other details.
The team (less sherpas who are at ABC) are now reunited, Al having returned from the comforts of Tingri (and brought the watermelon back). They are, as are we, in the process of deciding when to return to ABC for the summit attempt. Everyone is fit and healthy. Ryan says he can smell himself thru his Windstopper jacket; he has reached a new level of manliness.
© Jamie McGuinness - Project-Himalaya.com - 2005