New Altitude Record - Black Carbon Sampling
By James Holmes
The team headed up for our summit bids of Everest and Lhotse yesterday. At camp 3, I had trouble breathing in the ever thinner air, and I chose to play it safe and end my Everest summit bid there. Fortunately, I got the task of taking our next highest set of snow samples on the way down from camp 3 (~7,050m) to camp 2 (~6,400m). This set of data is now the highest ever for black carbon snow sampling; the current published record is ~6,500m (Mera Peak, Nepal) and unpublished is ~6,700m (Huascarán, Peru - by our own American Climber Science Program). One small step for science!
John and team head for the summit of Lhotse (8,560m) tonight, and with any luck, the 7,050m record will stand for only a couple days. Wishing them luck!