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  Mt Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: The best laid plans of mice and men


 

April 19 - BC: Friends, family and loved ones,

The best laid plans of mice and men oft do go awry. And so it is with us, as our plans to ascend to camp 1 have been buried under 35 cm. of snow. This is the most fresh snow I have seen in nine Everest expeditions. We actually got up yesterday morning at 3:00am as planned however Dave, Lakpa and I all decided it wiser to stay put than venture into a building storm. As the day wore on we were very happy with this choice because it has continued to dump with whiteout and windy conditions. Ah, the fruits of our hard won experience pay off.

The team was delighted to sleep in even though we are eager to start the climb. Here we have many creature comforts that make waiting bearable. As a bonus we are getting even more acclimatized. We are all sleeping well and in good health. We are ploughing through books and games with great enthusiasm. We have had many great discussions with even more to come…..Once again It’s a real joy to be with a good team, especially on these storm days. It continues to snow today making it well over 24 hours continuous. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Stay tuned and Namaste,
Vern Tejas

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