The ice fall is a gnarly sea of moving glacier ice with huge seracs, ice walls and crevasses, all being forced through a steep and narrow gorge. It moves about a meter a day and in early summer it comes alive and becomes one of the trickiest parts of the climb with significant avalanche/crevasse danger. We've been training hard these past few days - climbing some ice walls near base camp. The key is to get through the ice fall as quickly as possible, so rope, rappel and crampon management is taking over our dreams these days!
Part of the team went for a training hike up towards Pumori and got some outstanding photos of Everest from just across the glacier. Fantastic day! Interesting photography exhibit in Base Camp. Dave Breshears has setup a very nice exhibit showing the glaciers around Everest comparing photos from 1921 and present. Interesting visual of just how much the glaciers have
receded in the last 80 years!
That's all for now folks.
Vivian reporting (our guest reporter for tonight) from Everest Base Camp!