08.05.2008 Base Camp
Today is the historical day when China finally reached the Mount Everest Summit. According to Chinese sources, they succeeded at 6.30 with six people and another ten slightly after. It was a magnificent day, but there must have been a lot of wind up there. One could see the fast moving clouds from down here.
Believe it or not it’s accomplished. The mountain is free and the Sherpas start to install the fixed ropes up to Camp III. What’s further positive: tomorrow the military shall draw off. From then on we officially will be allowed to phone and mail and do anything free.
We have left about three to four weeks to make the summit ourselves. The Base Camp life seems to normalize. We even got out satellite phones back.
Still the weather is as usual – sunny in the morning and snowy in the afternoon. My cold gets better steady and I hope to be soon as fit as a fiddle, because without delay I want to be on my way to Camp III and IV.