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  Mt Everest 2006: Alpine Ascents Everest 2006: Final Dispatch


5400meter: Its' Wednesday afternoon here in Everest BC. There were more summits this morning from various teams and many base camps were pulling out of camp this morning with yak bells ringing very early. Yesterday morning Jacques, Alistair, Kay and Vern headed down valley to be picked up this morning by a helicopter from Pheriche. This morning Suzanne, Geri, and Chris left walking intending to make it down to Lukla and fly by fixed wing plane back to Kathmandu on the 27th. The season is winding down and it looks like the last camps leaving here will be on the 29th or so.

Another successful season with a wonderful team is nearly passed. Ellie and I remain packing with the Sherpa staff today who cleared our last gear from the mountain this morning. Tomorrow will be a full day of packing and on Friday the staff will start down valley with a procession of yaks.

Thanks to all the members of the team who were a joyful and interesting bunch. Thanks to Miyo Langsangma for protection on the mountain and one of the best summit days anyone could ask for. And thank you to the wonderful Nepali staff and the strong Sherpa climbers. Everything was wonderful and there were many smiles leaving BC this morning and yesterday morning. It was a fulfilling adventure for all.

All the best, Dave

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