Lloyd Hales called in a hello to his England based friends and family from amidst a snow storm at the 14,200′ camp. Today was hot, which seems to have resulted in afternoon clouds building to the point of dumping snow!
The team is doing well and eager to move up to a new location, with even bigger views. Today was really more of an acclimatization day than a rest day. The climb up to the next camp will require an additional 3000′ of elevation and it is a camp from where it can be challenging to retreat, if someone is not fully acclimated.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, they will pack up camp and climb up to High Camp. The move up is tough and often is described as one of the hardest days of the expedition. Upon arrival, they will need to fortify their camp, because high Camp can be scoured by hurricane force winds with surprising regularity. It is not uncommon to build snow walls out of blocks of firm snow that are two rows thick, if not three rows! All that cutting and carrying of blocks is hard work at sea level, let alone at 17,200′!
Here is Lloyd!