Saturday was a quiet day at our ABC camp. The 4 yaks arrived with all our other supplies and equipment that we had coming up. We hiked around base camp here and talked to some of the other people. There are 8 other teams. Some of the people are trying to do no Sherpa’s, no help or anything I guess they are trying to save some money evidentially. The Spanish team is trying to do it the cheap way with no help, now they are running around trying to rent Sherpa’s from some of the other people that have Sherpa’s to get the Sherpa’s to carry their loads. The Sherpa’s carry plenty for their own camps so naturally they are not going to do that, so now they are paying the price on trying to save a buck. Sunday we had our puja which was the religious ceremony for the mountain to bless us and keep us safe on the mountain and everything, the puja lasted about an hour. Our Lama who performed the puja is a kitchen cook helper on one of the other expedition teams up here; I guess you would call that double dipping.
After the puja Kay and I hiked thru the mountain that is right behind camp here, it is right around 20,000 feet. That night we sat down for dinner and we had an earthquake, scared the living shit out of everybody, we all got out of camp in a hurry, it was shaking like crazy. We got out and looked there was no avalanches up the mountain or anything so I guess it wasn’t that severe.
Monday the 19th we hiked up to the base of the mountain with a load up to deposit camp which is where we stash equipment and heavier items that we are going to be moving up the mountain. It is quite a long hike, it took a little under 4 hours up and then it took a little under 3 hours to get back. We took some of the various equipment items that we had and left them there. It is an 8 to 9 hour round trip; everybody was pretty dang tired we all went to bed early that night and we all slept in the next morning.