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Ed Viesturs Reaches Everest Base Camp

By Ed Viesturs - April 8th, 2009 1:43 pm GMT -0700

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Hi Everyone,
Wednesday April 8th. I’m now here at Base Camp. 17,500 feet. I spent eight days on the trail. Last night was my last in one of the tea houses and although the rest of the team is spending one more night in Gorak Shep, I decided since I was acclimatized to come directly to Base Camp here today, thus avoiding one more night in a tea house and with the potential of getting sick. That’s one of the problems along the way that you have to worry about is catching a cold or eating something that could make you sick along the way. So I feel strong and healthy. I’m here with our two base camp managers. The Sherpa have also been up here for a week or so. They’ve got our camp very buffed out. The tents are up.

And a lot of other expeditions are either here or are going to be arriving shortly. The Icefall is now in the process of being fixed by the Icefall doctors. They are the Sherpa, that for the last several years now have been in charge of fixing the route through the Icefall. We pay them to do this. And they’re about a 1/3 or ½ of the way through the Icefall now and potentially they could be through the Icefall with in five days or so.

So we’re going to get Base Camp buffed out for the next few days. We’re going to acclimatize. We have a puja, in a couple days. That’s the blessing ceremony that the Sherpa require that we do. We have a lama that comes up and does the ceremony for us on Friday. And that not only blesses the Sherpa but blesses all the other members of the exhibition. And we can’t go any further on the mountain until that puja occurs.

So I’ll call back in a day or two and let you know what’s up. Thanks for checking in. It’s great to be back on Greatoutdoors.com.


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