Over on Everest, it seems that the Khumbu Icefall continues to be a source of irritation with traffic jams reported in the area, which is the most deadly section of the mountain. At least on the South Side. There are also reports that Base Camp on the North Side is a bit tense, with Discovery Channel in the area once more to film a follow-up to their Everest: Beyond The Limit series. David Tait notes that everyone is trying to get to know one another, but that the flim crew is a bit of an irritation. You’ll recall that Tait intends to complete a “double traverese” of Everest, by going up the North face, then descending on the South, and after resting a week or so, reversing the process and returning to the North.
Other teams report that Camp 2 has been established with the first climbers reaching that mark, while others are wandering in the Western Cwm. Tim Warren says he’s “knackered”, or too tired to put one foot in front of the other at the moment, something I’m all too familiar with of late, while other teams are fighting flu and symptoms of altitude sickness.
New from the other Himalayan climbs in the area is filtering in as well. Over on Annapurna, camps are being established and routes created, but they’re not so busy to where they can’t work in a few golf lessons. On Dhaulagiri, the story is much the same, with the Italians establishing Camp 2, despite bitter cold and high winds, and more teams still getting eastablished on the mountain. The same story is filtering in from Cho Oyu, Shisha Pangma, and others.