Pumori base camp

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At Pumori base, it was pretty easy to find yourself just standing and gawking at the view. In one direction, the west side of Everest poked above the northern ridge of Nuptse, and with nearly 12,000 ft. of relief above our camp, it was an impressive sight. But more often than not, we were looking at Pumori and trying to pick out the logical climbing route. My usual experience with climbing routes is that once you get to the base of the route and get a good look at it, it usually doesn’t look as horrible as it looks from a distance. Pumori didn’t “lay back”, though. It just looked nasty.

The big gear sort began once more. Now it was time to organize loads to be transported up to Pumori Advance Base at 18,400. We trekkers would become porters for a few days to help the climbers get their gear up to this next camp to save their time and energy for their climb.

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