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It’s a beautiful sunny day in base camp, peaceful, warm, but there is a feeling of nerves as well as excitement in camp, as our amazing team. nicknamed 3M, are making finally adjustments to their packing to depart tonight for their summit push! Albeit, this will take 6 – 7 days, so step by step!

The team will depart BC late tonight/early tomorrow morning, and reach C1 tomorrow by 9am or so, Nepali time. A day of rest ensures, and tonnes of hydration, before the move to C2 the next morning 21st May, as we find doing this over two days rather than in one very long day has our groups arriving fresher with more essential energy stores! Damian and Willie await the team at C2 on the 21st with a delicious lunch, to spend either one of two nights there, summit wind depending, we can move our summit day forward if we wish, however, for now, the plan is a rest day at C2 on the 22nd, move up to c3 on the 23rd (5 hours of steep uphill!) and then up to the South Col on the 24th, departing for the summit that same night to reach 8848m and the top of the world on the morning of the 25th!

Right now in camp, we’ve recounted snacks, checked the pack list again and again, and right now are having some fun practicing walking about with oxygen, tank in backpack, reg and gauge available to adjust, and checking the coil that allows us the see our flow rate front our chest and without removing our packs!

We’re so so thrilled and excited for this amazing team, and wish them all the luck in the world! Stayed tuned for daily updates here!

 

1ST TIME WITH A TANK IN BACKPACK!

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Georgie Davenport
About the Author
Georgie began working with Damian and Willie in 2008, whilst also running an adventure travel company in Patagonia. Nowadays now runs BBE’s expedition planning and logistics, as well as Everest Base Camp, down to the finest detail, to ensure the highest safety standards possible and maximize chances of a successful summit. Georgie adores skiing and fly fishing, and lives in the Pyrenees’s Val D’Aran. She is a USA certified NREMT-Paramedic and AHA Basic Life Support Instructor. Languages spoken: English and fluent Spanish.