Namaste to everyone out there following the expedition!
I'm sitting in the Camp II dining tent with some of the team enjoying the
comfort of our propane stove. Yes, that's right... tables, chairs, and a
propane stove. We still need down gear though, and everyone around me looks an
overstuffed teddy bear. Kevin was just able to make contact with home and
found Boston is 80 degrees. That brings us back to reality though we're still
feeling quite proud of our "luxurious" digs.
As Mustafa sits across from me sipping tea he wants me to remind the world (or
that tiny percentage that's reading this) that he is the first Jordanian to
reach Camp II on the southside of Everest. He definitely still has his tongue
in check humor intact at these high altitudes.
After a rough night of sleep last night this afternoon everyone has bounced
back extremely well. We went for a walk up near the base of the Lhotse face
this morning. You nearly had to look back each step and make sure there wasn't
someone pulling on your pack. The altitude makes one's body feel amazingly
heavy... as if someone has a rope pulling from behind.
We did make it
to a point where we could see the route up to the South Col. Shocking,
exciting, awe inspiring, what else... BIG. And it actually looks like a lot of
fun to all. A walk always helps at this alititude and this afternoon everyone
is in high spirits with their wit intact- almost too much so. This team is
certainly has good laugh... every five minutes.
The first Sherpa to make it up to Camp III did so today. That marks the
beginning of the push to fix lines from the base of the Lhotse face to the
summit. The fixing will happen in stages with the summit the final stage in
early or possibly mid-May.
So... tomorrow morning we're off again and this time it's to lower altitudes.
To everyone's delight we'll be back in what now seems like a palacial camp.
Showers, email, and plenty of oxygen for a good night sleep. We'll be in BC
for a few days at the minimum. We're all looking forward to it- and making
contact again with those at home. Everyone's attention turns in that direction
All the best,
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
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