Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Everest Base Camp Trek 2018
7 April 2018, Trek to EBC
This was our one full day at Everest Base Camp. We started the day off with a leisurely breakfast — we were able to delay getting up until the sun was up and last night’s snow had at least partially melted from our tents. After breakfast, we took a walk through the part of the Khumbu Icefall that is accessible to us. We went as far as Crampon Point, beyond which requires both crampons and a climbing permit. We then had a lecture by Maria on wounds and their treatment in the wilderness. This was followed by a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, the group scattered, some resting, reading books, or taking a nap. Others were involved in the construction of EverestER, which involved leveling an area for placement of the tent.
This was then followed by placement of the plywood flooring, and ultimately erection of the tent, which was completed by around 5 pm. The evening lecture was preempted by a gorgeous Himalayan sunset. After everybody enjoyed this, we came down to the dining tent and then enjoyed our last dinner at Everest Base Camp, followed by a lecture by Maria on the origins and continuing activities of EverestER. This gave us great insight into this great institution which has existed 2003 for treatment of both foreign climbers as well as their local support staff. Tomorrow we have a relatively early departure as we intent to trek all the way down to Pheriche.