Dave Watson at around 9.25 am,
John Bagnulo (the professor) summits around 10AM [not sure what time zone], more on the way....
Earlier Update: A professor of nutrition at
the University of Maine and an employee of L.L. Bean leading the way? Two guys from Maine, with
no Sherpa support and planning on going without oxygen are among the climbers at Camp Two
in Tibet. Go Maine! They are reported to be strong so far....
John Bagnulo (the professor)
and Bill Yeo (works of L.L.) are headed up! Will they fall behind those using
oxygen? Only time will tell for sure, but one would expect them to fall behind
the others because they are not planning on using oxygen... Bill Yeo was also planning on collecting
soil on the way up. Hopefully he will cache it somewhere... Other currently
with the Maine guys are expecting to summit 5/11/2006 in the morning Tibetan
time.. (We expect a Summit call...!)
No news on the others who were in front on
this group... Being mostly small groups and independents, not much news is
expected until after they come down...
The Koreans and running a little behind, but
have Sherpas with them... Others are lining up in line... The window appears
Update: We have learned that John
and Bill decided to use oxygen...
Earlier Update: Independent climbers led the way again, with the Austrians
making a dash for the summit but they bailed out, David from the UK made a
solo push with no Sherpas and 2 bottles on oxygen, no radio. He was planning
on Summiting on Sunday/Monday... Next more independents including some who
don't wish to be named and the Koreans with Mr Park, who has summited the 14
8000 meters peaks, 7 Summits, etc etc are planning on attempting.... Then the
commercial boys are expected to follow in the path.... However, some of the
commercial teams will need much more time and put their clients on oxygen at
camp 2 or below.... taking at long as 2 more full days to "summit" the
The BIG Snow after the BIG push? One weather report has a
big snow coming on the 15th. Being a week away, who knows.... we will see it
News on other climbers: Ken Hill is back and all set, he
said to be "the strongest non sherpa on the mountain, what a guy." We will
see... soon enough, who is .... We will try to bring you news on many others
climbers in the days ahead....
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Everest remains a dangerous mountain with 4 deaths including
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in 2006. 300 or more summits are expected again in 2006...
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