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  • Updates from Base Camp - Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    and here for a week working on a project about Everest and asks if he can photograph me in my summit suit Its fun dressing up at Base Camp and actually wearing the suit outside for the first time There s a lot of killing time now one day take a shower the next day wash socks read a book etc etc Finally we are up on the mountain again 4am start and straight to Camp 2 With a 1 hour rest and shelter at Camp 1 I get to Camp 2 at 11 30am just before it starts getting too hot The last hour is much slower as I approach 6500m again The camp has been moved uphill a little as the kitchen tent was blown away since our first time here This time tent sites have been made and we stay for 2 nights The original plan was to go on to Camp 3 but the fixed lines have not been put up yet and Mingmar tells us to go back to Base Camp again This creates an extra rotation on the mountain which is a bit tiring but will hopefully make us stronger in the long run

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  • Base Camp - Camp I and Camp II - Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    into the Western Cwm The scenery here is incredible and we arrive at Camp 1 among the huge mountains of the Himalaya The tents have already been set up by some of the Sherpa team so we have a relaxing afternoon before settling down for the night I take a few minutes to photograph the evening setting In the morning we can see all the way to the Lhotse Face with the West Ridge of Everest flanking the left side of the valley Today we aim to go to Camp 2 for acclimatization and then back to Camp 1 either to stay another night of go back to Base Camp again It s a long slog to Camp 2 at 6500m heading through the shallow valley and Camp has barely been set up We re lucky to get some soup and noodles from the new kitchen This will be our new Base Camp for the serious climbing in the next week For now we Hussein especially are content to take a nap on the sun heated rocks and look up at our first real views of the huge face of Everest we will be climbing via the South East Ridge The way back to Camp 1 is much quicker only an hour down as opposed to 4 hours up but it turned out to be a long day so we are happy to stay another night at Camp 1 Unfortunately the combination of a cold and not so great high altitude cooking make for my worst nights sleep so far Mingar and Pemba have cooked some pasta but half way through it I throw up 5 times Surprisingly though I feel good And have a Clif Protein bar instead During the night I wake up about 10 times to clear

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  • Everest Base Camp - Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    and plenty of space for all the gear we have brought Set back away from the kitchen and tents of the trekking groups it s quiet and has a great view of the ice fall we re going to be negotiating in the next few days I spend some time organising my gear its the first time I ve seen my Rab summit suit Its also the first time I ve had a shower in 10 days I don t want to take the dirt all the way to the summit and it feels great to be clean again Before we can go through the ice fall a Puja ceremony must be performed the last blessing from a Lama which needs to be given before we can head up the mountain The ceremony however is best reserved for auspicious days either a Friday or a Monday The next is Friday which also happens to be the 13th but its also the Nepali New Year 2069 in their calendar This is as about as auspicious as you can get so will hopefully at least cancel out the Friday 13th superstition In the meantime we spend 3 days resting acclimatising eating and doing some ice climbing practise I m so glad I started doing this in Chamonix Its not a good place to start you don t want to be wasting mental and physical effort learning this on the way up Everest Thanks Peter for the crash course in Chamonix what a great help The Puja Ceremony This 2 hour ceremony is extremely important in any climb of Everest For a start the Sherpas wont climb without it its kind of a celebration and blessing rolled into one Before the ceremony starts all the climbers take their important equipment such as boots

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  • Pangboche - Island Peak - Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    to so from now on it will be a new personal high for him We get to the top for a fabulous view of Ama Dablam which looks like its smoking on fire A few minutes later the clouds roll in and we take a few pictures in total white out Next morning we go to Island Peak base camp at 5100m Chukhung was the last place with village or tea houses so we are set up in tents and also a fairly luxurious dining tent which we take advantage of to have a few extra zzzs We are supposed to leave at 2am the same night to climb Island Peak 6189m but it snows all night and at the arranged time we are told to go back to sleep and wait another day for better weather The next day a Portuguese girl comes down after a 17 hour epic in snow thunder and lighting We are glad of having waited out the storm After relaxing most of the day we get ready again and are hopeful with the weather clearing We are woken up at 1am with breakfast in bed re sleeping bag and tent and set off in minus 15 c temperatures After a long steep trail to almost 6000m and 4 hours of climbing we reach the glacier and rope up for the final slog to the summit headwall This is often the turnaround point for tired climbers who are faced with a 60 degree ice wall about 200m high reaching to the summit ridge Because of the bad weather yesterday there are far more people than usual and it takes 2 hours to get up to the ridge This constant traffic jam is something I m not looking forward to on Everest where it s going

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  • Tengboche- Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    he asks if I can help take some photos of him giving a talk at the Edmund Hillary junior school I d love to of course but we soon find out Saturday is a holiday and have no choice but to hit the trail again for our next stop Tengboche A deep valley has to be crossed and we lose 700m before having to climb up the other side Mark who had knee surgery in December is still trying to catch up in his training so decides to carry some weight today both testing his knee and strengthening himself for the weeks ahead His nickname for the day is Mark Sherpa Only 30 minutes after arriving at Tengboche 3850m we take another hike to 4190m and get to small stupa in the middle of a snow flurry Mark also falls in a crevasse on the edge of the trail It might be snowing but there s no ice in sight We re all making progress in the acclimatisation process We need to be in good shape now as we re heading into the high country tomorrow Before dinner we also make a visit to the monastery and on the way

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  • Khumjung - Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    son was treated two years ago after getting sick here while trekking At Sunshine lodge our hotel for the night dinner is a feast noodle egg soup steak and chips and apple pie The steak is more like a burger but so good we order another one We re wondering when we re going to hit the ceiling of our food budget David Breashears has also checked in and shows

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  • An acclimatization hike to Everest View hotel - Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    large pots of hot chocolate we make out way back down via the Everest museum with a traditional sherpa house much like the homes our Sherpa guides were born in Alongside this is a photo gallery of Sherpa culture and Everest summiteers It was great to see the photos of our Sherpas celebrating their summit successes The rest of today I ve enjoyed the last of civilization final emails and

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  • Christian Kober - Everest Expedition 2012 - Daily Dispatches
    in France has helped a lot and as we approached Namche at 3400m I was passing group after group of high scholars on trekking excursions to base camp and listening to conversations of why is he going so fast My blood oxygen saturation using a pulse oximeter was still a healthy 98 on arrival The Khumbu lodge in Namche is luxurious by general standards in the area VERY hot showers

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