After we summited, most of the group descended to Camp 2, but another team member and I decided to go farther down to Camp 1. We spent the night there and then return and then descended to ABC.
We are back in Shigatse enjoying our hot showers, luxurious bathroom, and REAL
bed. Most of us have shaved off our long beards and have been noticing how much weight we have dropped. I think I may have lost about two pounds.
Tomorrow we will drive to Lhasa before catching a plane back to Kathmandu.
September 30: I summited! Oh, man, it was amazing.
The 30th was my last chance to the summit, and I just wasn’t sure the weather would cooperate. I was preparing myself for the disappointment of not getting that chance to attempt the summit, but the stars were aligned, Mother Earth was happy or the Cosmos was balanced. Whatever it was, I was given a chance of a lifetime…a chance to fulfill a dream…a chance to help others…simply, a chance.
September 29: We’ve made it to Camp 3 (24,600 ft.). It’s so cold that I don’t want to go outside to use the facilities. It’s cloudy and windy now but hoping for good weather for tomorrow’s push to the summit.
September 27: We made it to Camp 2 today (23,400 ft.) Hoping for good weather tomorrow.
September 28: We woke up this morning, packed up and had breakfast. But before we could go anywhere, there were massive black clouds rising. Suddenly we were hit with snow and wind and had to retreat to our tents. Another night at Camp 2 for us. Keeping my fingers cross for tomorrow.
September 25: There is snowfall in base camp, but the Sherpas radioed us that they have fixed the rope into Camp 3. We were told by our leader that the forecast for the next five days looks clear, so tomorrow we move on. Yes!
September 26: We finally got to move again today. Tonight we sleep at Camp 1 (21,402 ft.) Our Sherpas have fixed the rope above the rock band.