26. April, 2011 , ,

Expedition report part 2: Edurne Pasaban on her way to Mount Everest – thinking about basecamp 2

Spanish Mountaineer Edurne Pasaban has left on an Expedition to climb Mount Everest without oxygen. In case of success, Edurne will be the first women to conquer all 14 eight-thousanders without oxygen.

We have recently received a second report from Edurne Pasaban and her experiences during her expedition:

“These days of rest can seem long at base camp, but they are doing us a lot of good.  In the mornings we are having a bit of sunshine and in the afternoons, at around midday, we are getting some snow.  According to the forecast it will be like this for a few more days.  At the moment I still don’t know what our short term plan will be.

We take advantage of these quiet days to do our little jobs: washing, a little reading …  In the next episode you will be able to see how we got everything ready in Kathmandu and just how chaotic a city it is.

Today we had our check-up with the doctor, as we do every two days, and he examined all of us.  Due to my cold I didn’t have the best oxygen saturation and so my only option is to drink water in order to improve it.  I have being walking around with a bottle of water in my hand all day.  Asier is a lot better now, and is almost fully recovered.  In a couple of days we will continue our ascent but we are in no hurry.  It will depend on the weather, although we will carry on even if the weather isn’t that good.

Changing the subject, everyone has been asking, (or many of you have been asking) what happens as regards the rubbish and the waste from the toilets at base camp.  Well, today we have been able to see who collects the toilets and how it all works.  Every expedition has one or two toilets.  What are the toilets like?  They are a tent with a can inside.  When the can is full, someone comes to collect it and you pay 150 rupees per kilo, which works out at one and a half euros according to the exchange rate.  The cans are weighed, collected and taken to Lobuche where they are emptied into septic tanks.  It isn’t a pleasant job but it is the only way to keep the place clean.  There can be more than 600 people here at the same time.  To be honest base camp is very, very clean.  The Nepalese government is responsible for this and they are here constantly making sure that there is no rubbish anywhere.  The place is perfect to be fair, but we will see just what things are like further up.”