LIVE UPDATE: Everest Day 28, 12-May-2018
Camp 2 to Camp 3.
This morning we had a leisurely start at Camp 2. Had breakfast and hung around waiting for the latest weather forecast and latest news on rope fixing. There's still nothing definitive but weather is looking better and there may be a chance of something happening in the coming days. So with that Jon and I decided to head up to Camp 3.
We packed up and left Camp 2 shortly after 10:00. Again the weather was a real mixed bag. Overcast with sunny patches, but very gusty. When the wind died down it was actually quite pleasant, but never lasted long until the next gust.
Coming up today Jon and I both had reasonably heavy packs which made for tough going. Not knowing quite what the coming days will hold, we brought up all our personal kit plus enough food for about five days each. We desperately hope we won't be up here that long, but want to be prepared in case we do need to sit and wait for a day or two. Despite the heavy bags, we made pretty good time and reached Camp 3 just after 14:00, about 4hrs from Camp 2. We are now comfortable in our tent, melting snow for water and about to start on dinner.
In the tent there were quite a few feathers floating around. You always get a few stray feathers from all the articles of down clothing but this was more than normal. I eventually tracked down the culprit. A large tear in the back of my down suit. I have no idea how it got there. Thankfully I had a few repair patches for my air mattress so was able to apply one of those to plug it up. Not ideal but at least it is no longer leaking feathers.
Lying in the tent you can here the sounds from the surrounding tents. Amongst the voices there is a chorus of coughing. I guess the cold, dry air is effecting most people.
Jon and I both feel reasonably good, all things considered. Tomorrow we'll continue up to Camp 4 and then reassess from there.
Repost photo from @alex7summits this amazing view of Everest from Camp 3 taken during her acclimitisation climb this season. So great to see a view of what the climbers are seeing. Goodluck Alex!