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Camp 3 awaits

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Tuesday–April 26

Weather has a lot to do with our schedule. I say this because a huge system moved in, dumping snow and kicking up some wind.  The rotation to the camps has gone well and the routes are well-marked. We have to keep a close eye on weather. A bad change not only limits your attempt to the top, but your attempts to get down.

Several Sherpas are lugging up additional gear to the higher camps. Most of it being oxygen tanks. Tomorrow will be our last rotation between high camps before we try for the summit.

Heading up to Camp 3 is going to be brutal as we’re not using oxygen yet, though we are more than ready to use the gear. It’s important because it’s part of the acclimatization our bodies must go through.  Never ends. You may wonder how this could be good, but the human body is an amazing thing when given a chance to adapt. It will be a challenging sleepover at Camp 3!

I celebrated a birthday and received not only good wishes, but a real cake!  Get this: vanilla with chocolate frosting. Wasn’t bad at all.  Thank you to those who sent me birthday greetings. No time to think about getting older.

Written by mmsummits7

April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Posted in Mountaineering

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  1. Happy Birthday Mike! Stay warm.

    Karen Hirata

    April 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  2. Happy Birthday Mike…..cake sounds good. Hope the weather clears for you.

    Sue and Bill Matty

    April 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

  3. Happy birthday Mike! After all the practice with oxygen, you will be all set for HALO skydives!!! 🙂 Haha. Good luck with your journey to camp 3 and of course..the summit!


    April 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  4. Happy Birthday, Mike (belatedly) and a happy and safe climb! You might like to climb the North Sister in central Oregon some day, too. It’ll seem like an easy stroll after you’re done with Everest but I imagine everything will seem easy then. Take care. Ginny

    Ginny Steller

    April 28, 2011 at 2:14 am

  5. Mike –

    Wishing you a safe journey as you get closer to the summit – I have enjoyed reading about your trip – thanks for the opportunity!

    Sheila Burke (Mount Washington)

    Sheila Burke

    April 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

  6. Mike… looks great so far. Good thing you have plenty of experience w/ Mt. Washington… high winds and fresh snow are nothing new to you.

    Enjoy the adventure… we’re good here.


    Tim Suffish

    April 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

  7. Michael, our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Sue and Dad

    Sue and Bill Matty

    May 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

  8. mike! i didn’t know i could leave comments! hope you’re safe! love you 🙂

    emmeline matty

    May 3, 2011 at 3:58 am

  9. Mikey,
    I hope that you are being careful. We miss you back home. It is hard not hearing from you for so long. We love you. Be safe, keep in touch. Hope you’re having fun!

    Love always,


    May 3, 2011 at 4:11 am

  10. Mike,
    Be safe, looking forward to seeing pictures of the summit. Kristen

    Kristen Howarth

    May 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm

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