September 3, 2010
Mike Hamill reports by sat phone that the climbers had a good night at Interim Camp (IC) and now they are on the way to Advanced Base Camp. Everyone is doing well, the weather remains good, and they expect to reach ABC later today. Interim Camp, as the name suggests, is only used for one night. Situated on the east lateral moraine of the Gyabrag Glacier, it has a good water source and space for camping. In recent years the Chinese have built a rough jeep road all the way to IC which is useful for emergency evacuation, but our climbers are walking from Base Camp. After all, they are trying to get acclimatized! The yak drivers will also stay there and go up to ABC and back tomorrow, so they don’t have to haul extra yak food up to ABC.