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  Mt. Everest 2005: Alpine Ascents Everest 2005 Camp One


Update: Camp I
    
It's 5:30 pm and we're all settled into our tents at Camp I in the Western Cwm. I'm catching the last few rays of sun hitting my tent before it drops below the steep ridge of Nuptse.

Wow, what a day. We had a spectacular journey through the icefall today and the entire team is now at Camp I. Ladder after ladder attached to one another in order to span crevasses and ascend serac faces. A journey through an immense broken glacier is a breathtaking experience. Gigantic towers of blue ice and multi-story serac walls make up what feels like an ice forest. I know everyone had an exhilarating experience.



So now we're "relaxing" in our tents waiting for our bodies to say 'uncle' and give up for the day. It's hard to really relax the first afternoon and evening at another high point- approx. 19,500 ft tonight. Slight headaches, queasy stomachs and a lack of appetite are common. The team did an excellent job of getting down some calories an hour ago. We've had some on again off again wind since we arrived at CI and it's just kicked up a bit as the sun is now dipping below the ridgeline.

Tomorrow we'll spend the day around CI- maybe get out the mp3 player and speakers and pretend we're in the tropics if it's sunny. We'll definitely be thinking of those of you back home.

All the best,
Dave


Dispatches

Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave Morton, Jose Luis Peralvo, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa will lead the Alpine Ascent team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge route.

GUIDE STAFF (BIOS)

Lakpa Rita Sherpa
Senior Guide & Sirdar

Vern Tejas
Senior Guide

Willi Prittie
Senior Guide

Dave Morton
Senior Guide

Jose Luis Peralvo
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Ellie Henke
Base Camp Manager
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Ron Farb

Kevin Grant

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