Today is May 14th. We came down from camp two on May 2nd. It's been almost two weeks of waiting and it looks like it will be at least another week before we get an opportunity to try to summit the mountain. We've been doing some local hikes to get up high and try to keep acclimatized, but other than that, it's been a lot of time spent in base camp. You wouldn't think climbing a big mountain would be like this, and I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, but fighting boredom has become, well, boring.
Every day the wind has been blowing. It's been sunny for a few days over the past week, with very few clouds, but the wind has kept things cold, so we've been moving from one tent to the next between meals, resting, reading and watching movies on our seven inch DVD player. The past couple of days have been windy, cold and cloudy. We haven't let the weather prevent us from hiking, though most of these days you'd probably prefer to stay inside with a hot chocolate and a book by a roaring fire; I know I would have.
Despite the boredom and weather challenges, the team's spirits are pretty good. I'm still feeling great, which I'm both pleasantly surprised by and welcome. After getting sick up here in 2008 I had my doubts about staying healthy this year if we had to stay on the mountain for an extended period of time. We've been here over 30 days now, and apart from a couple of minor digestive issues, I've felt pretty good and strong when climbing. It's nice to erase some of that doubt out of my mind.
For more details, visit Rob's No Guts Know Glory Everest Expedition blog.