Freedom Climb 2013 – Steeper and colder on the way to Dingboche

By – Celia Shortt

Today, the Freedom Climb hiked 8 hours to the village of Dingboche. This village is located at about 14,800 feet in altitude and is above the tree line of the mountain. That means the weather is much colder, and the conditions are getting a little bit more difficult.

“The first half of the day was just beautiful, sunny, warm, but the mists and clouds started rolling in just before lunch time. Then when we stopped for lunch the temperature dropped pretty dramatically. So we all, with everything we had in our packs, got them on our bodies just to try to stay warm.” – Cheryl Bell

Cheryl Bell

Cheryl Bell

Eating breakfast before leaving for Dingboche

Eating breakfast before leaving for Dingboche

Trekking to Dingboche - see the clouds....

Trekking to Dingboche – see the clouds….

With their new friend who turned 80!

With their new friend who just turned 80!

The Yaks carrying their supplies and gear.

The Yaks carrying their supplies and gear.

Yaks have the right of way on the trail :)

Yaks have the right of way on the trail 🙂

Tea break

Taking a break

The Team, yaks included, crossing the bridge.

The Team, yaks included, crossing the bridge.

Time for tea :)

Time for tea 🙂

Tomorrow, the team spends the day in Dingboche, adjusting to the altitude and resting. From there, they will head to Lobuche and spend the night before trekking to Base Camp. Each day, their hikes get steeper and more difficult as the conditions grow colder and more difficult.

Please continue to pray for their health, especially as the weather has grown colder. Three climbers had to stay back in a village because they weren’t feeling well and are hoping to meet up with the team tomorrow.
Pray for wisdom as they determine how to proceed due to the delays they’ve experienced.
Pray that they would adjust to the altitude and rest well tomorrow.

Continue to check the Freedom Climb Facebook page and website for more updates, pictures, and videos.

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