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Mt. Kilimanjaro - 19,340 ft. (5,895m)

January 27 - February 16, 2013

Where Lucille has been for the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mt. Everest 2010 #36 - Visit Camp 3

Gabcast! Mt. Everest 2010 #36

Namaste everybody from Camp 2. It's April twenty-..oh,I don't even know..I think it's the 28th today.

We had a fantastic day today! What we did was we went all the way up to Camp 3 and came all the way back down. The weather was fabulous! We got some really good shots, you know the summit doesn't look all that impossible anymore, not like it has been looking impossible for the past couple of weeks, so that's kind of a big bonus. The Lhotse face that we went up, of course it's all roped, down at the bottom the big bergschrund that was a bit of a challenge today to get up and over, but I was able, and then parts of it, parts of the Lhotse face are just solid ice, solid, solid ice so it's really nice to have the jumar there to have a little bit of backup there when you are crampons slip off the ice. We got up there and had a bite to eat, stayed up there for about 45 minutes or so and then we came back down. Got back down and it was starting to snow and clouding over and stuff and cooling off. So we had some food, our sherpa boys up here have some nice warm food for us and some hot liquids.

Now I'm in my down suit, in my -40 bag. I know I did the same thing last night but I only lasted ten minutes because I was just way too hot. I took off my down suit but I think I would last a little bit longer it is quite a bit colder tonight. At the beginning of the season it was quite a bit warmer and ?? unseasonably warm. So now it's quite a bit cooler and so that's just the way it is.

All looks good I am going to be heading down to basecamp tomorrow morning. Domhnall came up here to Camp 2. Came up today, I didn't see him, he just left a message for me and then his plan is to go up to Camp 4 and carry some oxygen bottles and then come down to Base Camp so I'll be seeing him the day after tomorrow.

And speaking of oxygen, we have about 130 bottles of oxygen up here at Camp 2 that the sherpas will be bringing up to Camp 3 and Camp 4 in the next week or so. I just.. I can't, can't imagine how they can get that done. I can just barely get myself up there and then they can carry four bottles at a time, so, looking at about 30 pounds or so ??

Anyways, that's it for today. I will call you from Base Camp tomorrow.

Thanks, take care. Bye.

Photo is a view from Camp 3 taken by Domhnall during his 2009 Lhotse expedition.


Claudia K said...

What a great day for you Lucille. You know, you are my 'addiction' these days . . I have to read your blog all the time!Ted looked great when he stopped by the other day and we all wished him a Happy Bday. I am so excited for you ..Camp 3!! You are so close to your dream. Stay warm and stay safe! You are in my prayers . . Claudia

sharon laing said...

Like many others, I'm addicted to your blog. Sometimes I get exhausted just listening to all that you accomplished in one day! But I know that you have trained hard for this and are capable. How exciting to see the summit and feel that you really can climb this mountain!! Thinking of you often.

Miriam said...

Hey Lucille, Sounds like you had a great day today. It's true, there's a Lucille epidemic going on throughout STARS. Go Lucille Go!!!!

Renee said...

Hey Lucille!
Still following your blog daily. My routine has been to get out of bed, grab my coffee and come read about your day.
Please say hello to Dom for me and tell him I am wishing him well all the way to the top and back!
And you too of course!!

Anonymous said...

Lucille, I too am following the blog sometimes on a daily basis, and Emma is too. We are so proud of you, stay warm, stay safe and good luck on your summit attempt.


Cheeky said...

Hey Lucille! I love reading your blog...I think it's so amazing. You're such an inspiration!
Good luck and I hope you have a great day tomorrow! xo Erin Taylor

lilian@serbernet.com said...

I think about you often and pray that all will go well. You've got guts! L. Beland your English 30 teacher from a "few" years gone by!!