The team climbed up to Camp 1 with a load of food and gear to cache in preparation to move on up in on Christmas Eve! They dropped off their loads and then descended back to base camp. This is part of the acclimatization strategy of “climb high, sleep low” which gives them a chance to stimulate some acclimatization prior to moving up to camp at over 16,000 ft. They did well today, but it does sound like Matt may have aggravated an old injury in his leg and may not be able to continue up the mountain. Tomorrow is a scheduled rest and recovery day in base camp, so they’ll have a chance to see how he’s feeling.
Here’s the call from Jacob, it’s shortened as the sat phone looses signal, but you can hear the start.