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  Mt. Everest 2005: Big Green Everest Expedition Greg and Dan are at Base Camp recuperating from their trip at the North Col and short climb up the North Ridge. 


 

Update: Base Camp  -  April 26, 9:30 AM (Climb Day 15)
Greg and Dan are at Base Camp recuperating from their trip at the North Col and short climb up the North Ridge.  The climb went as planned. On April 22 (CD 11) they made the climb to the North Col, again with full 35 pound packs. There were more climbers on the route this time which slowed them down. Dan felt their time would have been close to 4 hours if the route were clear.  BGE Sherpas moved up to the Col ahead of Dan and Greg.  Weather at the Col was good, light winds and temperatures near freezing during the day. Tents at the Col are single man, food is freeze dried, cooked on a small stove. Sleeping is difficult at this altitude. Dan estimates they got about 5 hours in. In the morning they hiked a short distance up the North Ridge. The terrain is not steep, but it is exposed to the wind and in the thin air progress is slow.  That afternoon they descended to ABC, spent the night and returned to Base Camp on April 24 as planned.  BGE Sherpas stayed at ABC. They will move gear to Camp 2, the next camp up from the North Col. Greg and Dan plan to leave BC for ABC April 27 (CD 16).  After a day's rest at ABC the will climb to the Col, overnight and continue on to Camp 2.  They will overnight at Camp 2, move back to the Col, overnight, descend to ABC, and then move back to Base Camp on May 2.  The acclimatization phase of the trip will then be complete.  At Base Camp they will rest and wait for favorable summit weather.  Both Dan and Greg are healthy, only occasional head aches and dry throats. 

Dispatches

BIG GREEN EVEREST EXP (USA)  
Leaving for Tibet on 5-Apr  
CLIMBING MEMBERS CLIMBING SHERPAS
Mr. Daniel David Protz Mr. Ang Mingma Sherpa
Mr. Gregory Peter Vadasdi Mr. Mingma Dorjee Sherpa

 

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