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  Mt. Everest 2005: Alpine Ascents Everest 2005: Basecamp is getting busy


Update: Everest BC
    

Basecamp is getting busy nowadays with many climbers heading up and coming down from their acclimatization climbs. Unlike the days when we arrived here, the weather pattern has turned back to normal with sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons with some snow. While some of us took a short hike this morning, our sherpa team took good care of the maintenance of our camp: the ice is melting quickly around our tents so some of them are perched on platforms overlooking basecamp. They did a very good job filling up with rocks of varied sizes the melted areas. It almost seems like an engineering project with water channels, sidewalks, perfectly leveled entrances. One of the most impressive moments today happened when eight Sherpas moved a boulder the size of a midsize car to avoid gravity doing its job at an unexpected and not desired moment.

We are going to have one more rest day at least before our second tour on the mountain which will last six days including spending one night at Camp 3 (24.000 ft approximately) before descending.
As you can see, tomorrow will be a preparation day and also a last chance to take a shower before leaving basecamp.
The group has also enjoyed watching a few movies in our dining tent. We are including some photos of everyday life at basecamp which we hope you enjoy.

Wish us luck with the weather.
My very best to you all,
Jose Luis.

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
Senior Guide

Ellie Henke
Base Camp Manager
CLIMBERS

Nigel Clark

Esther Colwill

Ron Farb

Kevin Grant

Cathy Groninger

Kent Groninger

Mostafa Mahmoud

Jeanne Stawiecki

Dianette
Strange-Wells

Tony Van Marken

David Liano

Danielle Fisher
Millet One Sport Everest Boot  has made some minor changes by adding more Kevlar. USES Expeditions / High altitude / Mountaineering in extremely cold conditions / Isothermal to -75°F Gore-Tex® Top dry / Evazote Reinforcements with aramid threads. Avg. Weight: 5 lbs 13 oz Sizes: 5 - 14 DESCRIPTION Boot with semi-rigid shell and built-in Gore-Tex® gaiter reinforced by aramid threads, and removable inner slipper Automatic crampon attachment Non-compressive fastening Double zip, so easier to put on Microcellular midsole to increase insulation Removable inner slipper in aluminized alveolate Fiberglass and carbon footbed Cordura + Evazote upper Elasticated collar.

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