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  Mt Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: On the Way to the Balcony


 

May 19 - 1:00 am On the Way to the Balcony
    
8350m May 20 - 1:00 am

It’s dark and misty at base camp, but we just got word that the team is doing well up above. Dave says they are almost to the Balcony and conditions are still good. That puts them on a good to fast pace, as it has only been about five hours since they left the South Col. They will call in again when they actually reach the Balcony. It sounds like they should be running out of their first bottles of oxygen soon, and will be switching over to new bottles. Our experienced sherpas are there to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

Here at base camp it’s down to Sila and myself trying to stay awake and trying to stay warm. I’m reading a book and Sila is plugged into some Nepali music. Soon we will be switching over too – to a new monitoring team of Dawa and Lakpa, who will hold down the fort until about 4:00 am when Gopal will take over. After that most of us will probably be awake to follow the team on their final hours to the summit.

Ellie Henke
Everest Base Camp

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