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Climb to Camp 1, November 11 2017


This morning Chandra (our base camp support and cook) performed “Puja” which is a form of a Himalayan prayer for good luck, fortune and safety on the mountain in addition to blessing some of the equipment we will be using. The reason he did it this morning is because today Chris and I would be climbing to Camp 1. We packed our bigger mountain packs (Roamm Alpine Pace) with supplies like high altitude tents, fuel, and food to stash at Camp 1 for the summit bid.

The climb is around 3500ft from base camp, and we made it up and down again in just under 9.5 hours, ascending and descending about 7000 total feet and topping out at 18,500ft. (My altimeter was reading high in the photo). I’m not sure what I was expecting camp 1 to be like, I guess I thought there would be a little bit of flat ground/rock to pitch a tent on but that was not the case. I guess the best way to describe it would be like a high alpine bivouac with rocks stacked up for wind breaks but up here they stack the rocks to create a spot for a tent. Once the tent has been pitched you anchor it to the rock to ensure that it says put. Lots of fun! It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect for the climb.