Hello, this is Doug Tuminello
reporting from Everest base camp. Dirk Stephan and his partner are climbing
to Camp II for their second acclimatization climb. All other expeditions are
in base camp, resting up for the days ahead. Matt, MG, Will, Juli and I are
making final preparations for our final acclimatization push.
Our tentative acclimatization
schedule as is follows:
May 4 Climb to Camp II
May 5 Rest in Camp II
May 6 Climb to Camp III
May 7 Descend to Camp II
May 8 Descend to Base Camp
Current summit plan: Current
reports call for summit weather clearing through approximately May 15. We
hope to be in base camp resting up for our summit push by May 11. Of course,
all of these plans are subject to logistical factors.
Team health: Roger Coffey, our
base camp manager, has experienced mild stomach complications. Roger is
being treated with Cipro and otherwise conducting normal activities. I have
a pulled back, treating it with Tylenol and stretching and otherwise
conducting normal activities.
Todays activities: Today we
will take care of the basics such as: laundry, hygiene, and logistical
planning. Besides that, the team will only engage in light activity and get
rested up. In addition, today is Sherpa rest day.
Logistical focus: Our
immediate logistical focus is to locate, hire, and pay two replacement
Sherpas. Our Team Sirdar, Apa Sherpa, and I are working with our trekking
agency to resolve this issue quickly - as it greatly impacts the timing and
success of summit attempts.
I would like to extend many
thanks to my partner, Lanny Anderson, who is spearheading efforts to
establish a foundation to assist the families of Dawa Temba and Lhakpa Tseri
Sherpa. Our team member, Larry Rigsby, is heading down to the village of
Thame. Larry is in good health and good spirits he will be greatly missed.
Everest 2006: Team No