Everest – Day 29: Foray into the Icefall

April 27 (Saturday)

While the team was resting, one of our guides, Ben, took me and another team member (Joe) to walk the Icefall.  I was super nervous the night before because I remembered how my first rotation went and didn’t want the repeat of the nausea and tiredness.

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My fears turned out to be unfounded though, I felt like a million bucks!!  I was super strong and going fast, not even close to what happened on my attempt of the first rotation.

Even though I felt good, that doesn’t mean that the Icefall wasn’t still scary!  One of the ladders was missing a rope of one of the sides (so I was able to hold on only on one side), and it was very wonky.  Had I lost my balance on it I probably would have fallen and broken something.

After 2 1/2 hours of climbing we turned around back to base camp because it was getting hot.  Hot temperatures per se are ok, but not in the Icefall where ice and snow can melt rapidly and cause dangerous shifts.

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Joe and I on our way back; Pumori in the background

DAY 30

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