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Monday 30 august, BC - IC, 5200-5800m
« on: Sep 4 2004, 19:17 »

The yaks arrived yesterday evening and this morning we have to load them for our trip. One by one all our drums, food bags and climbing gear have to be weighed. Soon it is apparent that we do not have enough yaks as we have reached our maximum weight of 1680kgs (28 yaks, 60 kgs each) before we even have weighed our personal food and gear. It appears that Iceland Trekking simply has not arranged enough yaks for us and we will have to solve this right away.

We take out all stuff that is not needed in the next week, like altitude food, oxygen and most of the fuel and make a separate stash of 900kgs that will be taken up with a separate yak train in a few days.

Marc Streefkerk will stay in BC to wait for Boris and will come up as soon as possible, hopefully with Boris.

Meanwhile it is already lunchtime before we finally can leave for Intermediate Camp (IC) at 5800m.

The first part is straight and hardly going up, alongside the lower part of the Rongbuk glacier. After about 2 hours we reach the junction where you can go straight for the Everest North face or go left for the regular route around Changtse to the North Col. The view of PumoRi is great from here!

We wait until all the yaks have passed, they go a bit faster than we do, but every now and then one of them loses their cargo and the entire yaktrain stops, so in the end our speeds are similar.

The route now turns left and goes up quite steeply until 5500m, where it flattens out again to a nice resting spot. The raging river to our right looks frightening as we know we have to cross it somehow, but mother nature has already solved this it appears: the river flows underneath the glacier and we can cross it by simply staying on the track. The last section before we reach camp is long, very long with many ups and downs. Everybody in the team as well as some of the support staff are getting tired and totally relieved when we reach camp around 18.00, so after about 6 hours of walking.

The Intermediate camp is just a filthy part of the moraine ridge with some flatter spots and there is yak MrHanky everywhere. It is getting dark already and we have to put up the kitchen tent and some sleeping tents soon. We all collapse into our sleeping bags,mostly still wearing all our clothes, feeling cold from the exhaustion. And we are supposed to skip this camp the next time we go to ABC!

The good news is that Lakhpa Sherpa, who left BC a while after we did had seen Boris arrive in camp! We just missed him, but he was feeling ok again and will go up when he feels ok.

Werner and Mark do not want to eat anything, so Ruby, Sander and myself head to the kitchen/diningtent and get some spaghetti, but I am the only one with some appetite and we head off to sleep quickly, exhausted from the long day.

(song of the day: Metallica, One)
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