Part II: BD athlete David Göttler reports from his expedition to Nuptse's east ridge
Black DIamond athlete David Göttler is currently in Nepal, with his sights set on the formidable east ridge of Nuptse (7864m). Below is David's second dispatch from the expedtion that he sent us earlier this month. His team is now in basecamp and beginning the process of acclimatizing for their main objective. Best of luck David!
Late yesterday afternoon we have finally arrived in our real Nuptse base camp! That is always a good moment, when I don't have to be packing and unpacking all the time. When I don't constantly have to pitch and take down tents and so on and so on. Now we have the next few days to really settle in here, at 5300 meters. I allowed myself the luxury to pitch the old The North Face Dome 5 for a sleeping tent and living room. That 'space maker' is worth its weight in gold on those long rest or bad weather days!
Just a few words on the acclimatization days on Lobuche East. First of all: The day, the evening light and the morning at about 6000m up on the so-called 'peak' (which really is just a shoulder) was indescribable! Never have I seen a panorama like that, such a powerful scene. We had a hard time to get out of our filming and photography frenzy! Just look at the pictures below, what more can I say!
Everything worked out well and we are now ready to acclimatize further here on Nuptse or in the Lhotse face. But first, on the 22nd, we'll have that important puja. We won't dare go into the Khumbu Icefall before that. I and the others have been here too often to be disrespectful about that ritual.
We are not alone now here in our base camp. We share the kitchen and the kitchen tent with Rolf Eberhard (Lhotse) and with Richi and another three who want to climb Everest. Something I like so much this time—different than in 2009 when we were here to climb Lhotse—is that we see Nuptse, our peak, really big and powerful from here! You don't see Everest at all from here and of Lhotse only the top part, way in the back above the Khumbu Icefall. So we always have our objective in our view, which is very motivating for me!
I'll check in again when we are back from our second round of acclimatization. Until then I hope that the weather is nice at home and everyone is doing well.
Best regards from Nuptse Base Camp.