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The Western Cwm



After a dangerous ascent through approximately 600 metres of dangerous icefall the team finally reached the top to establish Camp 3, which was pitched at the entrance to the vast wilderness of the Western Cwm. Camp 3 provided the team with a welcome respite and room to move after a weary ascent through the hazards of the ice cascade below.


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Camp 3 - Top Of The Khumbu Icefall

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It was the end of the first stage of their effort on the mountain. However above the camp a further crevasse – the biggest crevasse of all - halted further progress. It was here that the icefall was beginning to break away from the glacier of the Cwm leaving a massive gap into which fell enormous blocks of ice, which made crossing very difficult.

In order to proceed across the big crevasse they had come prepared with a light alloy sectional ladder which was bolted together to form a bridge across the narrowest part of the crevasse. As they crawled across the slender ladder they were able to look down and see a chaotic jumble of great blocks of ice and the ice fretwork and blue green walls dropping away into an abyss hundreds of metres below. It was a sensational crossing.


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Entrance To The Western Cwm

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Crossing The Crevasse - The Western Cwm

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Nawang Gombu - The Western Cwm

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For about a week, Alfred Gregory, Wilf Noyce and the Sherpas had the task of transporting supplies needed for their next destination – Advance Base Camp - across a maze of further crevasses. Each morning, the men were faced with this hot and tiring work as they beat another trail through new snow which had been softened by the hot sun. As they went they placed marker flags to outline their safe progress around the crevasses.

Returning in the afternoon when further snowfall had covered their footprints they were very glad of their flags to guide them safely back to their camp.


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Crevasse - The Western Cwm

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Wilf Noyce Leads Sherpa - Western Cwm

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