It was extraordinary having Base Camp pretty much to ourselves. The rest of the Summit Climb team had returned and we spent a couple of days exploring as much as we could. I went into the Khumbu Ice Field on 3 consecutive days, the first time with Dan alone, the second with Alex, Paula and Dan and on the last day Pat, Michael, Dan and I went in again and crossed some of the ladders over the crevasses before going back to start the trek down to Lukla. Going in without Sherpas, after the ice fall, in the dark of the early morning is exciting. You leave camp at 5am when there is just enough light to see your path and should be on your way out when the sun is fully up and starting to warm the ice. Of course as its warming you as well, the temptation is to linger. On the second day, Paula, our Denali team mate, slipped and cracked her wrist so there wasn't much lingering then. Again we saw no-one, apart from the Into Thin Air team who were filming and said we were the first people they'd seen in the Ice Field for 9 days.
Away we've turned our backs on all that, said goodbye to our fabulous sherpa team, managed eventually to find some porters for the team's gear and were the last team to head out. Bye bye 2014Everest.
But we're not quite ready to come home yet! So we've decided to try and climb Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua, Indonesia. Its the highest mountain in Australia/Oceania and we are half way there. A few logistical things to organise so might or might not work out. Anyone know a fixer in Papua??