Concordia

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. 

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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.