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  Mt Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: Everyone Is Safe Back at the South Col


May 20 – 2:45 pm: I just got the call from Vern that the last members of the climbing team are now back at the South Col. It has been a long day (and night) for everyone so we will all soon be climbing into sleeping bags for a good sleep. I would like to give a big thank you to Nima Kancha who has been selflessly working at the South Col to keep all the climbers supplied with drinks and food. About an hour ago he went out with juice to meet the last people coming back to Camp 4. He didn’t have the glamour job of going to the summit, but we wouldn’t have made it without him.

Tomorrow everyone will be gathering their energies again to make the descent down the Lhotse Face to Camp 2, where they will spend tomorrow night. The following day is the final slide down the icefall to base camp. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to thick air, showers, and Gopal’s wonderful cooking.

Goodnight for now,

Ellie Everest Base Camp

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