2010 April

Everest Lhotse Face

Almost there

Yesterday at noon I was gasping for breath at Camp 3, at over 7200 metres.

Carina Räihä_Everest Base Camp

Satellite call from Carina

Listen Carina’s voice from satellite phone on April 27th 2010

Carina Räihä and Apa Sherpa WWF

Getting Oxygen in Pheriche

While the rest of the expedition is resting at Base Camp, I decided to take a time out from the throat infection I’ve been suffering for a while.

Khumbu Icefall crevasse

20.04.2010

I never thought climbing Everest would be an easy challenge. Quite the contrary: Everest represents the biggest challenge for a mountaineer, after all, it is the highest mountain.

Carina Räihä Mt. Everest Khumbu Icefall

14.04.2010

I am lying in my sleeping bag listening to the thunder and watching the lightning. Soon my tent is covered with snow and I shake the tent to drop the snow off but I don’t want to get out of my warm sleeping bag.  It is no longer thundering but the booming never ends: every night rocks and avalanches keep coming down the mountains next to us.

Carina Räihä_Everest ER

Getting Ready

There is some excitement in the air as the route all the way to Camp 2 is ready and the expeditions are building “altars” for the Puja ceremonies. Yesterday we divided up the food which we are going to take with us: dried food, noodles, cookies and chocolate.

Carina Räihä tent Everest Base Camp

Base Camp 5350 m

The view from my tent door is unbelievable. I can see for nearly a kilometre’s length of the notorious Khumbu Icefall, which is surrounded by Nuptse and Lola mountains. When the sun hits the tent at 8 a.m., the gloominess disappears along with the darkness and the coldness of the night.

Trekking to Everest base camp

Gorak Shep, Two Hours to Base Camp

Now it has happened to me too. Since last night I have been slightly feverish and for part of the night my throat was sore and I had a runny nose. I can’t remember the last time I got the common cold but in these conditions it is quite a challenge to stay well.

Carina Räihä Mt. Everest

Acclimatization Day

Today we trekked up to 5100 metres to a hill above Dingpoche. The intention is to facilitate tomorrow’s ascent. The view from the top of the hill down to the valley and to the mountains near by, Ama Damblam for example, was spectacular.

Everest Base Camp trek

Three Nights to Base Camp

In these altitudes every little thing is emphasized. Not just the way your body reacts to minor health issues but sometimes it feels like I am in a mental rollercoaster. A small cut in a finger doesn’t seem to get better and emotions vary from happiness to frustration.

Everest Base Camp trek

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

This is our second day at 3500 metres in Namche Bazaar on our way to Everest Base Camp. We flew from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where we have continued our journey passing small mountain villages crossing a river every now and then.