Update: Base Camp - May
12, 9:00 AM (Climb Day 31)
It has been a weather waiting
game for BGE and the other North Side teams. Greg and Dan delayed their trip
to ABC due the strong winds above 25,000 ft. The weather has been pleasant at
BC. They have taken a few hikes in the area, played more chess and consumed
more Lhasa rice beer. On Monday they rented a motorcycle from an enterprising
local to visit Brazilian friends staying at a hostel down the Rongbuk Valley.
Returning, the clutch failed and they had to walk back to BC. That proved to
be a good endurance building exercise. Most teams are at BC. Conditions at ABC
or at even the North Col are not bad, however, there is no point in being at
higher altitudes unless a weather window is going to open. It is better to
stay at BC and conserve strength.
The jet stream is forecast to
move off Everest early next week bringing lighter winds near the summit and a
possible summit window a few days later. Greg and Dan plan to move to ABC May
13 or 14 (CD 32/33). The Sherpas are leaving BC today for ABC. From ABC the
Sherpas will move up the North Ridge to check tents and equipment. The BGE
team are all in good health and feel ready for the summit.
Dan estimates there are over 200
climbers on the North Side this year. Many are in large guided groups. Some
are experienced, fit, and able, while others are less so. There is only one
route up the mountain, if large numbers start out at the first weather opening
all climbers will be slowed and safety could be compromised. Dan and Greg have
some concern about this.
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Mr. Ang Mingma Sherpa
Mr. Gregory Peter Vadasdi
Mr. Mingma Dorjee Sherpa
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