Day 14 – 24 April – Leaving for the North Col

Its been snowing quite heavily here for the last 24 hours and more snow forecast for the next one week. However tomorrow we will leave for an acclimitisation cycle higher up the mountain – hopefully to the North Col at 7000m.  This trip will take 10 – 12 days.  The main purpose of the trip is to acclimatise our bodies, to a point where hopefully we are ready to have an attempt at the summit once we return and rest up for a few days. It should be a fairly miserable time of more headaches, extreme cold and nausea however I am very excited about getting up higher, especially upto the North Col where the real climbing begins!

Attached is a small video of the climbers memorial here at Basecamp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-eu9s9oVVw

Axe

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Posted on April 24, 2011, in Everest 2011. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Great work bro keep ’em coming!! Looks farkin cold!! I’ve just been down by the pool a bit hot, but nice to have a quick swim, assisting in clearing my head from my world record 10 mojito’s from last night….

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  2. Have a safe trip to the North Col.

    Dazza

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  3. Hi Grant, The videos are very interesting. Hope the acclimitisation process goes well. All the best for the coming 10days climbing.
    Cheers
    Roddy

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  4. Loving the updates Wee Man. After your the trip up Cook fresh snow will be no problem for you. Enjoy.

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  5. Hey Grant,

    It’s great to see the progress as you trek up along the side of the glacier. It’s really cool to be able to see the trail you’re following on the satellite image. The satellite even caught a few intermediate camps along the way up to North Col and even a larger camp at the top.

    Take care and stay healthy,
    Dazza

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  6. Good to read your updates Grant and we are following your position.Thinking of you and sending all good thoughts and lots of strength and energy through the ether.
    Your comments about Nepal brought back memories!
    Keep strong,
    Susan McDaid

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