first day in Base Camp
The first night in Base Camp is always a little rough: normally you are just tossing and turning in your sleeping bag and you sleep on and off. This morning we all felt well though and nobody had any headaches from altitude. We spend the day organizing our gear and pitching some more tents.
Our Base Camp has a nice collection off tents; all members have their own personal tents and so do the staff, then there is a Kitchen which makes the food for us and our staff. There is a dining tent with comfortable tables and chairs, a storage tent, communication tent for charging, generator tent for the power supply, three toilet tents and a shower tent. This will make our Base Camp comfortable, so we can rest here and fuel up for our climb higher on the mountain.
The weather is not so nice though, since we arrived it has been raining. Clouds are hanging around our camp and we are living in a small world at the moment; we call this “life in a Ping Pong Ball”.
My satellite communication gear from www.extremedistrics.com is working excellent. I am using a Thuraya IP modem for high speed internet. This way I can update social media sites, receive emails and weather forecast. I also have a Thuraya XT satellite phone for phone calls, but I also use this to send “tweeds” true their message service if I am high on the mountain. I prefer to use Thuraya equipment in the Himalayas, Karakorum and African Mountains; the Thuraya satellites are stationary and relatively close to these areas; this means that I can aim the IP modem at a high angle. With other systems big mountains and narrow valleys can obstruct the signal to the satellites, but with Thuraya this is never the cast.
Arnold Coster, Expedition Leader