June 28, 2018
We woke up at Gore camp to a few inches of snow, Klara and I got up at 5:30 and packed, but then I noticed that the porters weren't as eager as usual to take our packed duffels, and I realized that they were probably not very excited about carrying loads in the snow.
It snowed occasionally yesterday and about a quarter of our porters are experiencing some degree of snow blindness. Very few of them have sunglasses and those that do often don't wear them. So we ate a leisurely breakfast and waited in the dining tent for the outcome of negotiations with the porter bosses. We finally left around 9:30, after the porters agreed to trek a shorter distance to Concordia instead of Broad Peak base camp, and only after another team broke trail. Seemed like a fair compromise, which reinforced that we are a team, completely reliant on one another.