All back down from Camp III safe and sound.
Namaste everyone! This is Dave writing in from the relative low altitude of
CII at 21,000 ft. Willi and I returned with this second group of climbers
around 2:30 this afternoon and they're all tucked into their cozy sleeping
bags. This is our seventh night above BC and we're all very ready to descend
to the "compound": email, showers, carpeted dining tent, etc.
As expected, last night was long without much in the way of shut eye. The
consolation is that the views from CIII are spectacular as you can see from
the photos. The climb is equally impressive. Vern and Jose Luis returned from
CIII yesterday with the first contingent of climbers and then dropped down to
BC today. We just got off of the radio with them and they're all happy to be
enjoying the thick air of BC.
The trip up to
CIII is a bit of a litmus test to see how we're all doing at this point and
the last chance for significant acclimitization. We now drop down and recover
in order to restore some of the strength that 's been lost up here over the
week. The trade off: acclimitization vs. strength. We've gained in the first
now it's time to recover some of the later.
On the 5th the plan is to drop down well below BC making approximately a week
round trip with a few nights around 11,000+ ft. Green grass, water running,
birds chirping, t-shirts and lounge chairs... sounds like a dream- and we're
all up for living it.
We'll be in touch tomorrow as well as during our "vacation".
All the best,
Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave
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team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge
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