Base camp

a main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications for persons engaged in wide-ranging activities, as exploring, reconnaissance, hunting, or mountain climbing.
Contemporary Examples

These headlamps, Sher realized, belonged to a team of Sherpa descending to base camp.
Death on Killer Mountain Amanda Padoan July 5, 2013

Graduating from college was like getting to base camp in the Mount Everest–like climb in life.
If You Grow Up Indian-American, College Graduation Isn’t Enough Anita Raghavan May 30, 2013

When author Jon Krakauer wrote about a woman having raucous sex in base camp, many speculated it was Hill.
Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman March 29, 2014

A couple of weeks earlier, an equally surprising, if less sensational, story emerged from the mountain, this time from base camp.
Mount Everest Suffers From Too Many Climbers and Deteriorating Conditions Nick Heil May 22, 2012

The teams had been snowed in at the Novo base camp for several days and the whole expedition was in doubt at one stage.
Blue Skies As Harry And The Team Begin Their Epic Walk Tom Sykes December 2, 2013

Historical Examples

The photograph of the base camp shows a mountainous ridge stretching across much of the background.
The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley) Hudson Stuck

One way and another a doctor in a base camp has a busy time of it.
A Padre in France George A. Birmingham

During the remainder of the month the British prepared a base camp a few miles up the river.
The Childrens’ Story of the War, Volume 3 (of 10) James Edward Parrott

On November 24, Scrivenor went back to the base camp, as he had toothache.
Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard

In the temptations at the base camp, he would perhaps appear to be utterly irreligious and profane.
With Our Soldiers in France Sherwood Eddy


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