We were supposed to do our one and only acclimatization rotation high up the mountain starting today. However there was forecast for heavy snow fall and so we decided to wait out a day at the base camp. Our hope is to start the rotation tomorrow. Since we had a free day on hand some of us decided to head to the ice towers near the base camp and do some skills review as well as some ice-climbing! Both - Everest and Lhotse teams have tons of 8000 meter experience between them and it was quite evident as most of the folks zipped through the practice session! Now looking forward to some actual climbing through the ice fall and the western cwm in next few days.
The climbing session earlier today reminded me of my visit to the climbing gym in Kathmandu with the Sunsar Maya(@sunsarmaya
) kids few weeks ago. A young boy particularly stood out. Sulav is 13, lives with his uncle while his parents labor in a brick factory to make enough money just to keep him in school. Sulav said he thought climbing would be easy, but once he started, fear started to kick in. He kept going anyway, and fell in love with the sport. Sulav kept climbing over and over, running back to start again each time. His teachers told me that he's been talking about the climbing gym ever since, and that someday he wants to try to climb a mountain. This is what Sunsar Maya does, it exposes our kids to ideas and opportunities they wouldn't get otherwise. I very much know that someday Sulav will climb a mountain, and I hope to join him!
Signing off with some pictures from the training earlier today.
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