It has been 2 weeks now since the E.E.E. began on its journey. As mentioned in our previous post, over the past weeks the Sherpas have arrived at Everest Base Camp, the camp has been built and Puja held, and the Sherpas have safely ascended the icefall to set up Camp 1 and Camp 2. All the loads including climbing equipment, food, camp materials, etc have been delivered to Base Camp, although there were some delays due to cancellations in cargo flights, for which partial loads had to be carried by foot or on yaks.
Yesterday the team of 20 climbing Sherpas went up to Camp 2 to send more supplies, and they are currently on their way back. Although the primary aim of this expedition is to clean the mountain above 8000 metres, the team has run into a lot of garbage on the way to Camp 2 and will bring it down with them. This is their first collection of rubbish! Worth 10-15 kilos per person! Meanwhile, 8 Sherpas have dug out the body from under the snow of Swiss climber Gianni Goltz, who died last year, and have brought his body down from the South Col to Camp 2. This effort was one of the primary goals of E.E.E.’s expedition. The coming days will be used to prepare for the final garbage take down.
At Base Camp, a spot was designated and arranged today to store all the collected garbage and serve as a ‘barometer’ for our team’s progress. This real-time garbage exhibition will also force climbers to confront the ever-growing mound of leftovers brought down from the highest levels of Mount Everest.
Regarding timelines, the coming 3 days will be used to reload and establish the last camp – Camp 4 – at around 7900 masl. After pitching their tents at the South Col, half of the team will head to the summit for the first summit push on May 13 and begin their first cleaning efforts above 8000 masl. Wish us spirit and success!