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We are all back in BC to rest prior to our summit push.
10 May - James and Anselm to BC
I (Jamie) took a quick trip up to C1 just to get in a little extra acclimatization so the team didn't feel left out. I felt so good that I continued to C2 and slept the night there. James and Anselm, after quite a few nights up high, returned to BC.
Up at C2 everyone seemed to be feeling good, and the sherpas had just established our Camp 3 at 7150?m. Pasang Gombu helped with the rope fixing to C3 and we have provided rope to C4, and will provide oxygen for the summit fixing. There are many teams so we have definitely put in our share.
11 May - Andy, Raphael and David to BC
The morning felt like yet another perfect summit day, but there is still some rope fixing to do. Raphael has a bit of a cough, very similar to what a few of us had earlier in the expedition so I suggested he head down, rather than coughing himself more by going higher. So Andy, David, Raphael and myself returned to BC.
Gina is going to touch Camp 3 today then tomorrow return to BC. The sherpas are having a rest in preparation for the very tough carry to South Col. That is a climb from 6400m to 7900m with loads, and of course they don't use oxygen, and back. They need to make two climbs up there and then we have South Col stocked with tents, oxygen and gas and stoves.
Photos from Anselm
Anslem, cola connoisseur, seems to have an addiction up here,
James in the icefall - Anselm Murphy
Namgyal above Camp 1 - Anselm Murphy
There were several ice rainbows around the sun, and this outer one was striking, from here en route
to C2 and from
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