Update: Monday 09 May
temptation to leave for the summit is warming my blood, making me nervous and
excited. adrenaline in starting to flow, that same adrenaline will be what
gives me the strength and endurance to get "summit fever" and we able to move
quickly and safely through the death zone to 8848m and back down.
The window is extremely small
and it came around in an instant, we have a forecast model predicting what the
jet steam is going to do. Two of the four models says it is going to drop to
10 knots on the 14th and 2 say it is going to say blowing at 80-120 knots. It
may give us a 24hr window to climb to the roof of the world. It is a tempting
window but after a lengthy decision making process I think the window is too
small and unpredictable to go up.
If I don't pick the weather
right that decision could mean trip over. I have come too far put in too much
work to make the wrong decision. As I said I think this mountain for me will
also me a test of patience. It is, and I will wait for the right window to
summit. However I will also cover all my corners and options so I will pack
tomorrow check the forecast at 6am and I could be on my way. The chances are
extremely slim, about 3% chance of going. This would mean the Sherpa support
team would also be fixing the ropes ahead of us the same day as we are
climbing. We would also be the first people climbing to the summit this
season. It seems like a long shot so I think I am going to hang back and wait
for the two day window. My adrenaline pumps with excitement because those two
forecasts could mean that the jet stream is finally moving over the top of
Everest and it time to play!
Youngest Australian to climb
Mt Everest 2005. Bring it on!! I just can't wait to see what happens!
Rex Pemberton is a motivational
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Twenty-year-old Australian Rex Pemberton has a dream. Already an
experienced Alpine climber, Rex has set his sights on Mt Everest and hopes to
become the youngest Australian to stand atop the world's tallest mountain by
summiting in 2005.
By the age of 10 Rex wanted to climb every hill and mountain he could find,
by 16 Rex was on an expedition to Bolivia and Peru where he climbed
6,025-meter Mt. Huclca Huclca. In addition he has already climbed on six of
the seven continents including famous ascents of Mt. Cook and Mt. Aspiring in
New Zealand. He's stood atop Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn and 14 other
4,000-meter peaks in the European Alps.
If things go according to plan and corporate funding falls into place Rex
will lead an expedition to Nepal in the spring of next year. It's not a cheap
venture, as any Everest veteran will tell you. Rex, who runs his own
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to raise at least $65,000AU for his expedition. It's a venture that Rex
believes will pay big dividends for the Australian corporation that funds his
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