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camp 3 becoming home

camp 3 becoming home

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We had a big storm yesterday, wind blowing at 65km/hr plus snowing heavily all day. We had to dig up the snow around our tents every few hours plus we built snow walls protecting our selves and tents from the winds.

At camp 3 it’s a waiting game, from here we cache at 5,200m then move to camp 4 before attempting the summit. But we need good weather before we can move ahead.

Today the weather settled so we went down to grab our cache 200m below. It took us 3hrs round trip. We made it in very good time as we acclimatized. We then also fixed up our camp as it got beaten up by the storm. So happy got our stash we ran out of food last night.

We had pizza for lunch today, was only a slice but reminds you of the world. Over here we are striped from all the luxuries in life. I can even remember how many days I’m here or showered!

If the weather is good we will go up tomorrow up the head wall to the top of the lines at 5,000m.

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Camp 3

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Our day started at 7:00am with a cup of coffee and again grilled cheese bagel with turkey bacon. Then quickly packed our gear into the bags and sledges loaded them with about 30kgs and headed up the same route as yesterday. Passing the windy corner was an experience, never saw that much wind. The weather was way colder today, was wearing my mitts the whole time.

We reached camp 3 in 5:20hrs which was very fast, but we still have half of our gear an hour below so we will have to grab them tomorrow.

It took us a few hours to set up our camp, we started from zero so took us longer then usual. Plus we are at 4,500m which makes it much harder. After we settled we had amazing burgers for dinner, we also heard the forecast where it is expected to be -25c tonight.

Pics are of my tent at 4,500m, the team, and the amazing burger we had.

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cached at 4,300m

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Today we woke up at 8:30am as it was very cold, we wait until the sun hits the tent to get up. After breakfast we headed up again to the cache point 200m above picked up the gear and food and took them up squirrel hill and motorcycle hill and then passed the windy corner where we cached them again at 4,300m. We carried heavy loads today it took us 4.5hrs to reach the cache point and 1.5hrs back to Camp 2. We are all exhausted, a long day but we spent. If the weather sticks we will head to Camp 3 tomorrow carrying the rest of the gear.

The weather here flips and is unpredictable, and when it’s cold it’s reaaaally cold. I didn’t feel my fingers for a while when we first started until I warmed up.

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