Joe starts this dispatch with a lesson about what it means to wait. For four days, Joe waited out bad weather in the Khumbu Icefall. There was an avalanche in the icefield, and there was just no way around it. So, Joe and his guide, JJ, played cards and listened to music (Mark Knofler and Robert Cray). Joe was very anxious to keep moving. Finally, when they got a good weather window, they scrambled from base camp (17,500ft) to camp one (19,500ft). And then, when Joe didn't think he could go any farther, his guide said they needed to keep going to camp two (22,700ft). Joe says he's tired and in pain, but proud. It's a lesson in patience and perseverance. Now, they are at camp two and Joe says he is ready to reach the summit. Stay tuned.
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