12th October 2011

Today at 11:40am Mal, Ben, Siddhi Mama and Phemba Sherpa made it to the top of Mt Manaslu at 8,164 metres. It was an amazingly gorgeous sunny day but unfortunately the winds were too strong for Mal to fly from 8,000 metres, However it’s looking good for an early morning flight tomorrow from around 7,.000 metres back to Camp 1.

They are all doing well, completely exhausted but still prettty chuffed they made it to the top.

Party tomorrow night at BC! I have a few cheeky hip flasks of rum and a couple of beers and I’m pretty sure there will be summit cake too.

The last of the bigger groups packed up and left BC today. Tonight it’s just me and our 2 cooks and another couple of sherpas from another small group at base camp.

Stay tuned for awesome summit photos and stories tomorrow

Sophie at Base Camp (aka ghost town)

11th October – Manaslu Base Camp

Right now Mal and Ben are slowly making their way to Camp 4 at 7,400 metres in readiness for their push to the summit tomorrow morning 12th October. The sherpas went up yesterday to pitch the tent and set up camp.

The winds have died down a little but unfortunately not enough for Mal to consider flying from below the summit. So he will leave his skis and wing behind and is currently looking at waiting at Camp 3 till the 13th to try and fly then when the winds are forecast to drop again.

Tonight Mal, Ben, Siddhi Mama and Phemba Rinji will be huddled in their tent at camp 4 eating and drinking as much as they can and trying to stay warm. Mal and Ben will be resting on oxygen and they will start their climb at around 5am hoping to reach the summit by 9am.

The forecast is for clear skis and moderate winds and a full moon tonight.

In the meantime base camp is getting pretty quiet with just 4 expeditions left, all of whom are going for the summit tonight or tomorrow.

Wishing them all the best for a successful summit and more importantly a safe return to BC.

11th October – Manaslu Base Camp

Right now Mal and Ben are slowly making their way to Camp 4 at 7,400 metres in readiness for their push to the summit tomorrow morning 12th October. The sherpas went up yesterday to pitch the tent and set up camp.

The winds have died down a little but unfortunately not enough for Mal to consider flying from below the summit. So he will leave his skis and wing behind and is currently looking at waiting at Camp 3 till the 13th to try and fly then when the winds are forecast to drop again.

Tonight Mal, Ben, Siddhi Mama and Phemba Rinji will be huddled in their tent at camp 4 eating and drinking as much as they can and trying to stay warm. Mal and Ben will be resting on oxygen and they will start their climb at around 5am hoping to reach the summit by 9am.

The forecast is for clear skis and moderate winds and a full moon tonight.

In the meantime base camp is getting pretty quiet with just 4 expeditions left, all of whom are going for the summit tonight or tomorrow.

Wishing them all the best for a successful summit and more importantly a safe return to BC.

Sophie at Base Camp

Mal and Ben, are well and truly into their acclimatisation on the mountain. They tagged Camp 2 the day before yesterday and Mal went up again to Camp 2 yesterday to fly back down to Camp 1, just for fun. They’ll be sleeping at Camp 2 tonight and then heading back to base for a couple of days rest before heading back up to tag Camp 3. Meanwhile Sidi Mama (aka the machine who smiles) and Pemba Rinji have been ferrying ridiculous loads and setting up the camps ahead of them.

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Most of the other expedition teams are on their way up in preparation for their push to the summit, making the most of the good weather window. For the last 2 days there has been a pretty constant stream of thermal clad, millet boot wearing, heavy breathing, slow moving climbers rolling past our camp on their way to Camp 1 and beyond.

Meanwhile back at the ranch some exciting base camp news! Today the shower tent was erected and I am now all shiny and new. It comes complete with a solar shower kit so if the sun ever comes out at BC that will be handy. Whilst the weather on the mountain has been mostly clear base camp has an omnipresent layer of plog surrounding it. Makes me want to climb the mountain, until I start walking up a hill….

Hope there are blue skies wherever you are

Soph

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