Thursday, May 3

The Yaks Arrive

The yaks arrived yesterday at BC with the food and infrastructure needed for the climb. Mark will be moving to ABC today which he says is a big milestone as the climbing can then begin in earnest. He'll stay at ABC until 5th May, when "puja" is scheduled to take place, a ceremony where the climbers pay respect to the mountain gods, and then move everything up to Depot Camp. Yesterday, he went on a 20km, four and a half hour walk to 5 400m as part of his acclimatisation to the conditions.

Quote from Mark over his satellite phone: "I'm feeling fit and strong at the moment and looking forward to arriving at ABC. We will hear from the other groups at ABC what the conditions are like further up the mountain."

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