Turning the Everest – Lhotse Expedition into Earthquake relief work
What was supposed to be an expedition in white, cold, clean snow on Mt Everest and Lhotse, turned in to be a journey in rubble, aid trucks, aid work, shelter-building, mules, rice, metal sheets, pipes, bandages and wonderful people!
Last time you heard from me I was moving from Base Camp to Camp 2
It started out as a cold night turning into a wonderful day climbing through Khumbu Icefall up to Camp !
We had two nights in Camp 1 before we at the 25th of April woke up to cloudy weather and started to move up to Camp 2.
I was at the glacier between Camp 1 and Camp 2 when we heard huge avalanches coming down both from the Everest side and from the Nuptse wall. The ground was shaking as if I was standing in a little boat in rough sea. We were four of us gathering and holding together until the shaking and avalanches had past. Little did we know about the earthquake causing a regional disaster…..
We moved as quick as possible up to Camp 2 and there we got the news about the earthquake. We got news over our radios about the devastation in Base Camp. Our sherpa friends tried to contact their families without any luck as all telephone lines were out. We gathered around a little radio tuning in some FM stations and got bad news.
We waited it out up in Camp 2 and started rationing food, batteries etc. After two nights in Camp 2 we moved down to Camp 1 and got evacuated by helicopter down to Base Camp.
What waited us in Base Camp was beyond words. Huge areas swept away….
Bits and pieces spread all over, people wounded and equipment destroyed or gone. But I met my friends…. alive and most of them without injuries. I was so happy!
But very sad about losing so many good people in this huge disaster.
I stayed in Base Camp to help cleaning up. my tent was gone: I found it crashed into a big rock 200 meter away from where it originally was placed.
So I moved into my friend Ryan Water/ Mountain Professionals dining tent. I stayed in Base Camp and we all discussed about possibilities to continue climbing, but we found out very quickly that this is a huge disaster; we can not continue up here.
And I found out; I can be of good help other places in this country and try to give back a little to this wonderful people of Nepal.
So I left Base Camp and a dream
But I started on a new journey, another dream, so fulfilling and so rewarding; helping the people in need.