Jacob called in just now, but unfortunately, his post was very garbled. There have been some challenges with cellular reception at Base Camp, and tonight’s post is barely understandable…
Scott has been dealing with an upper respiratory infection for the past couple of weeks, and when the team pushed up through the Khumbu Icefall yesterday, it seemed to really flare up. Scott and Jacob returned to Base Camp, as the Khumbu is no place for a climber who is not 100%. Scott took the prudent and very smart action of descending to Lukla, over 8,000′ lower, where the air is thick and humid, exactly what is needed to heal such an infection.
The plan is for Scott to spend a couple of days down low, letting his pipes heal, and then return to Base Camp to continue his ascent. Jacob will continue to oversee the preparations of camps on the upper mountain and they will head high in the coming days.