K2 Climb 2016

Blog #35: How to party hard in Basecamp!

Day 35: Basecamp 5000m/cite>

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Very grey skies, mist and a fair amount of rain today. Perhaps some sympathetic weather in recognition to the wash out that the UK seems to be having at the moment!

We had Vanessa O’Brien over for dinner last night which was great fun. It’s nice to be able to have a change at the dinner table, and Zulfi and the boys pulled out all the stops – including mince (keema), beef kofta (kebabs) and all sorts of delicious accompaniments. Thank you Vanessa for the Kitkats and the Margarita flavoured shot bloks (jelly-like energy bars). We didn’t end up going to bed until 2130 – a full hour and a half after our usual bedtime!

Today I’ve spent nearly all day in the Ops tent – either playing GTA on my iPad or reading (and finishing) Ed Viesturs’s book on the history of K2 – which although I was aware of most of it, was an excellent anthology and analysis of the six main expeditions/years that have really defined K2’s infamous history. Now onto Bryce Courtney’s ‘The Power of One’…

There has been a fair amount of repair to BC tent platforms, with the warm temperatures playing havoc with the rock and ice around us. Having said that, I’ve still been in a down jacket all day, as whilst the temperature is above zero, it feels really damp, so is very difficult to get warm.

Looks like the generator may be fixed, which means that we can charge the expedition laptop (up until now it’s been trickle charged off my solar panels) – which at least means that the rest of the team can get more regular access to their emails.

Weather is looking bad on the hill for at least the next three days – rain down here no doubt means plenty of snow up high – which isn’t ideal, although hopefully it’ll replace all the snow lost over the last few days.

Some people are starting to get very bored in BC – let’s hope that they can maintain the patience and not lose their desire, regardless of how long we spend down here.

P.s – the new kids who pitched up in camp yesterday are a trekking pair, who will be in BC for 5 days. Given the dodgy weather, it may take 5 days until they actually get to see the mountain!

 

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