An Everest update from Colin O’Brady – 10th May.
“Today I climbed up the Lhotse Face to reach Camp 3 where I plan to sleep the next two nights. You can see Everest over my shoulder in this picture as I’m climbing up.
“Currently I’m camped on a tiny ledge at 23,500ft in the middle of the Lhotse Face. It’s so steep here I need to put my harness on and clip in the rope if I want to step out of my tent and use the bathroom.
“Sleep can be pretty hard to come by, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, restless sleep are all common symptoms of being up this high. The idea is to stay this high for a couple days to get my body to keep adapting to the thinner and thinner air. So far I feel great. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
“I climbed up the Lhotse Face today alone, and met @dawafin in High Camp 3. It was a really enjoyable journey up the ropes. It took me 2:45 from Camp 2 to reach High Camp 3. It’s just me and Dawa up here hanging on this icy ledge. Tomorrow we will wake up first thing and climb higher, with the plan to touch as high as Camp 4 on the edge of the “Death Zone” at 26,000ft before returning to Camp 3 for the night.
“Remember you can track our progress live on my GPS tracker.”