September 29, 2021:
After a snowy night at Camp 1 – today remained calm all day. Albeit it may have been the warmest day I have ever experienced on a glacier – not to mention at altitude. Stifling hot and slowed progress considerably.
But arrived at Camp 3 at the end of the day feeling strong and with a solid appetite – two dinners, soup, and desert.
The next two days are within sight – move to Camp 4 tomorrow, a short evening nap, then a summit bid.
Highlight: finally reaching the shade in the final hour of travel and enjoying the cold temps.
Crossing paths with climbers who has successfully summitted this morning.
Challenge: overwhelming heat and beat down from the sun.
The next two days look promising – onward!
September 30, 2021:
As the day went on the clouds lifted further and further – and I now am at Camp 4 far above the clouds with a clear view of the summit.
Back to the high altitude routine: rest, hydrate, refuel, and more rest.
It’s as still as can be at the moment – not a breath of wind. Fingers crossed for the weather to continue to hold for another 24 hours.
The plan: up at 11:30pm, in motion towards the summit by 1am, summit and descend before the weather shifts.
Not sure where I will end the day tomorrow – it will be conditions dependent, but another night here exposed to the elements and altitude of Camp 4 won’t be an option….so maybe Camp 2, Camp 1, or Base Camp 🤷🏻♂️.
But for now: rest, recover, and summit climb tomorrow.
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