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Text Box: Nicholas Rice
Extreme High Altitude Athlete
Text Box: Xpedition 8000

2009 Solo Manaslu Expedition

Dispatch Thirty-one: April 23rd, 2009

Day Thirty-one: Rest Day in Base Camp; Summit Plans

Today, I woke up and Tsering and Kipa helped me splint the tent pole that had broken while I was in high camp. After this, I headed up for breakfast then did some laundry. I got word that there would be a summit window opening around the 26th. Everyone in my camp decided to head up tomorrow. I wanted to see more specific information about wind speeds around the proposed summit date They proved useful in deciding on when to leave base camp. On the 26th, winds were forecast to be around 50km/hour; wind speeds as low as 15km/hr can virtually debilitate a climber at 8000m not to mention increase the possibility of frostbite and hypothermia. Winds were scheduled to decrease on the 27th and the weather was forecast to be stable till the 30th. I figured it would be best to wait a day or two so that the crowds would be off the route and the snow would be more stable. I spoke with Lina about this plan and she agreed that we needed to be patient so that we would be appropriately positioned for summit day on the best possible day.

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