Paul Rogers and Rob Hart at Camp 3
Camp 3 Survived
14 May 2005
Camp 3 is no easy place to hang for the night. At 900m higher than C2 it is a big acclimatization jump. This morning some of our team were proclaiming their worst nights sleep ever! That aside, from an objective point of view everybody did OK. OK meaning we did not have to break out the emergency medical oxygen and everyone was able to safely negotiate the descent of the Lhotse Face today.
Having said that we awoke to frostbite conditions. Yes, it was very cold! The winds during our descent were up to 40 knots; enough to take ones breath away at times. Showers of ice grains would blast our faces and have us cowering in our parka hoods. Educationally speaking it was a great day to work out how to keep ones extremities warm in tough conditions.
Thank goodness our night at C3 is behind us! Tomorrow we will head to BC and begin our critical rest cycle before the summit push. More on that tomorrow.
Mike for the AC Team