Photo Tom West ©EverestNews.com
Update May 20th:
7am (5/19/05): Firstly, a big
thanks to Matt Reedi (I hope I have spelt it correctly) for the barrel of
goodies. Application has been made to the Guinness book of records for the
highest ever watermelon...
and Tim will return today after a night spent on the North
Col and a
recce up the North ridge to 7500m.
morning the weather forecast for the next 5 days indicates lower winds so
after the telephone call, Tom, Ian and Stuart are moving up to the North Col
to meet up with Mick.
they will go to Camp 2 (7700m) and make a summit attempt from there. All being
well they will summit on the 22nd.
4hrs from ABC to C1 and 4-5 hrs from C1 to C2, there they
drink and sleep. Next day they will climb to Camp 3. This is
more of a
staging post than a real camp, they will try to rest, eat and drink but will
leave C3 around 10pm for a 8-10hr climb to the summit. They will try to
descend as far as they can after summiting but at least to C2.)
The team are made up of:
British climbers are from or have strong links with Keswick in
District, Northern England. They are a private, non commercial, group of
friends. They do not have much in the way of
so updates are by satellite phone and the occasional email courtesy of the
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