Les journées passent vite. C’est paradoxal. On pourrait penser que de faire du camping tous les jours, pendant des semaines et des semaines, fait en sorte que le temps passe de plus en plus tranquillement. Pourtant, c’est tout le contraire !
Peut-être aussi parce qu’il y a tellement de nouveautés et de défis que les journées de repos sont vues comme une bonne récompense. Dans tous les cas, je suis au EBC depuis 2 jours et je m’installe de plus en plus confortablement dans ma nouvelle maison.
Depuis le dernier billet, on a quitté le EBC pour redescendre dans la vallée. On est retourné au camp du Lobuche, mais cette fois avec l’intention de le monter. On a progressé jusqu’au high camp, puis on est parti vers le sommet avec beaucoup de neige au sol. Plus de 30cm étaient tombés dans les dernières heures.
Days are going fast. It’s paradoxal. We could think that doing camping every night for weeks and weeks would make time pass more slowly, but it’s the opposite ! Maybe also because there is so much new stuff and challenges coming every moment that the rest days are seen more like rewards than down time. In all cases, I am now at EBC since 2 days and I am getting more and more confortable in my new home.
Since the last blog post, we left EBC to go back down in the valley. We went back to Lobuche base camp, but this time with the intention of going to the summit. We progressed to the high camp, then we went towards the summit with a lot of snow on the ground. More than 30cm had fallen in the previous hours.
Mountain classic : Start during the night, be guided by the stars, then put on the crampons and go for the more and more steep slope. About 800m of fixed ropes were waiting for us. Fixed rope means ropes that are anchored in the ground because the hill is steep). We will have long fixed ropes lines between camp 2 and camp 3 on Everest so Lobuche is perfect practice. We also get acclimatized at 6,119m so it’s good practice !
Result : Summit within a few hours and back to camp feeling great. I am feeling good and it’s great to be in the mountains. It gives energy for the following challenge and it gives us a ‘complete’ on our first big rotation. Everest is more or less 5 big steps : Getting to base camp. Climb Lobuche. Do 2 big rotations on the slopes. Go towards the summit. I now have completed 2 steps. It’s super positive ! More or less end of May, and if everything continues like that, I should be at step #5 !
In the comming days, we will rest at EBC, we will practice crossing ladders (we will sooner than later need to cross crevasses on ladders) and we will eat well. I am getting mentally prepared for the next step. I am going to climb on Everest !
Before finishing this blog, I would like to say congratulation to the many people who go to Everest base camp. For the vast majority of people, getting to EBC is a great challenge. I have seen people of every age and every condition give all they got to get to their objective. Good job to these persons who went on to realize their dream. Like we say here : For trekkers, EBC is the trek of a lifetime. For climbers, the summit of Everest is the climb of a lifetime. In all cases, I find exceptionnal that many people go against the wind, the altitude and the relative inconfort to get to base camp and realize their dream. Congratulations !
Love you all !