It’s been a very special morning in the Khumbu Icefall today! The day started out very dark and cloudy with light snow, but it is now sunny and warm. It’s quite beautiful, actually, although there was a fair bit of fresh snow last night.
We are now back in Base Camp after some concern with the snow conditions and hearing of a large ice collapse far up ahead that our Sherpas radioed down about. We had no problems, but want to be prudent and conservative about our decision making.
The conditions in the Icefall have started some discussions amongst our team about how the team members want to proceed. Honest, open and candid communication are important on a long expedition, especially one as challenging and demanding as Mount Everest. Our team is really to be commended for their level of communication.
Here are some photos from this morning.
-Scott Woolums reporting from Everest Base Camp