forced to return to Kathmandu Nepal to attend to personal
This came at a most unexpected time in the expedition. The rest of the team
is still on the mountain, preparing for their summit bid.
When I left
the mountain a few days ago. Camp 3 was in place. As of today my Sherpa
Staff has put in Camp 4 at 8300M and they are beginning to stock it with
valuable climbing oxygen for the summit push. The mountain should be ready
for a summit push in 2-3 days. After which the team and my staff will return
to base camp to rest for 5-6 days. Once a good rest has been accomplished
they'll make their way back to ABC and start for the summit.
the team was looking strong when I departed BC. Michael Frank and Scott
Streett were of the strongest of the five remaining team members. Al Baal,
Ambrose Bittner, and Ryan Allen were unable to make it to the North Col (C1)
their first two tries, so they went to base camp to rest. They were there
when I came down and they left for ABC the morning I began my long journey
towards the Katmandu. I've since received word that Ryan and Ambrose have
carried their first load to C1.
have 3-4 days worth of formal business to attend to in Katmandu. After it's
finished I will be unable to make it to the mountain in time to re-acclimatize
and make a summit push. Therefore, I will be heading home to Marysville,
Washington, once my business is finished. I set up the expedition e-mail
account on a friend's laptop at base camp, so the team can still receive
e-mails from home at the same address.
to the city was one of the hardest things I've ever done. It was an extremely
emotional event, resulting in tears from my entire staff of Sherpa. Spending
so much time on a mountain of this size with a handfuls of your closest
climbing Sherpa creates bonds that are difficult to describe. This was not
the first expedition I've spent with them, and it's certainly not the last.
I went to a Monetary and prayed for the team. The climbing Sherpas requested
I did this to give them safety during their summit push. One cannot deny the
rights and religions of those who you share a mountain with.
As I have
said before, I organize expeditions to experience the people and cultures of
the region, my team members, and the overall climbing on the mountain. If I
reach the summit it's but a mere bonus. This time, however, my summit attempt
was affected, not due to illness or fatigue, but rather a strong desire to
stay in the industry - to keep doing exactly what I want to do, climb.
has all the tools necessary to make the summit. There is little more I can do
now, except wait and see who makes it and who doesn't. I do wish that every
member stands upon Everest's apex. They have some of the best climbing Sherpa
in all the Himalayas taking care of them.
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