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Update May 30th, 2005: many climbers think the British might
have summited last night. So far no news... Except one British climber was
seen coming down last night that attempted without oxygen. We are unsure if he
was even on this team! More soon.. The Indian Air Force and the Russians
summited on the 30th..
Update 5/28/2005: Team at camp one (North col), moving to
Camp 2 right now...
Update 5/27/2005: The Brits are on the move up...
5/25/2005: We are expecting to leave ABC on the 27th with a view to maximizing
our chances with the weather window supposed to come in for the
relatively close to our departure from the mountain, we are looking at any way
of easing our end of expedition final packing up and getting down. So when a
Tibetan turned up with 3 yaks offering to carry some loads down the 22km to
BC, we jumped at the chance. The only trouble was we could only muster 2 1/2
loads. The yak man suggested our bog barrel (our toilet is a blue plastic
barrel to enable us to remove our human waste for proper disposal away from
the mountain) but it was only 2/3 full so we said no thanks.
Anyway...first thing the following morning a somewhat distressed Phenden
Sherpa appeared outside Tom's tent (legs crossed) saying someone had stolen
the toilet! We informed the mountain police but they had nothing to go on!!!
What on earth a Tibetan is going to do with a blue plastic barrel 2/3 full of
human waste is anyone's guess. Maybe he has a large vegetable garden?!!!
remains very windy but there is a lull expected around the 29th onwards into
June. Our intention is to al move up to the North Col on the 27th, continuing
up the mountain in stages with possible summit days on the 30th or 31st
depending on conditions.
A few of us
wandered across the glacier the other day to the Raphu La which overlooks the
Kangshung Valley. From the pass you get fantastic views across the Kangshung
Face of Everest, you can almost reach out and touch Makalu and over to the
east you have Kangchenjunga and Jannu, quite spectacular.
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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