Tomorrow we head up to 17,600 feet to a base camp at a lake. The area is remote there is no trail. This trip would not be possible without the support of our Sherpa crew and porters. Gombu Sherpa is the son of Chapa Sherpa who died in 2007. Chapa was my head Sherpa for 13 years and now Gombu is following in his footsteps. He is becoming an outstanding guide at age 23 and I could not run these trips without him. There are hundreds of logistics and hundreds of pounds of gear to deal with and he takes them all in stride.
How does the gear get to Base Camp. Thank you to our porter crew, noting would happen without them. In fact no expedition would get off the ground if it were not for the porters. We have been using some of the same porters for the past 5 years now. Four Winds limits the amount of weight that is carried. A practice that is absent amongst most other companies.
I will not be writing to you until after the climb. Look for new blog entries on the climb in about 8 days. Peace to all.