So our lead guide Jacob came up from Base Camp late yesterday with good news and bad news. The bad news is that a massive storm with very high winds (NOT good) was coming in starting the 25th (in two days) and lasting for five days after that. The good news is that we have options. He gave us two options: first, to wait out the storm at Camp II and try to summit after. This would mean that at least one of our group would probably miss her flight. The second option—which he recommended—was that we expedite our itinerary, move up to High Camp then summit the next day, on the 24th. The group decided on the latter option unanimously. We are all very excited to be moving up and to summit, but we are also kind of nervous because this means we will not have as much time to acclimatize. We are up at High Camp now and already one of our teammates has to go down in the morning and a couple more are not feeling 100%. I myself am paranoid about getting altitude headaches. None yet, so hopefully I’ll be ok. 9 of the 12 of us that started are pushing up to the summit at 5am tomorrow.
|The going starts to get tougher...|