After a clear evening with fantastic views of the surrounding mountain massifs and a night with a little bit of fresh snow the Austrians as well as Hannes set off to Camp I at around 5600m. Hannes is pretty psyched to see how things will turn out.If everything works as expected, he will be spending two nights in Camp I before descending to Base Camp to have another rest before climbing to Camp II at around 6400m. But for now he first has to cope with the weight of his backpack and maybe even a little bit of a traffic jam due to countless other expeditions that are on their way to the high camps at the moment.
Meanwhile I, Nils, will stay in base camp to finish Episode #4 and to watch the Goraks (crows) feed on the rests of our Puja we had yesterday, a traditional ceremony to bless every expedition members’ ascent to the summit of Manaslu.
Although I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed with someone next to me rather than on a small matress in a chilly tent of my own, life could really be worse, to be honest. Right now I am sitting in our cosy base camp tent at around 5000m with the sun shining through the windows, the glacier is rumbling around 100m in front of me, avalanches keep racing down the faces of Manaslu and I can look right down to the green and lush valley floor around 2000m below, while the summit of Manaslu is towering another 3000m above my little unwashed head. This really IS one crazy office! I love my job.