8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005:
TIME TO CLIMB
May 25th Camp II
25 May, 05 - 00:53
Hello friends, family and loved ones,
It's Time. TIME TO CLIMB. We rose at 3am. this morning to relatively warm calm
weather and a fabulous full moon. We grabbed a quick bite of pancakes and eggs
that Gopol fixed for us then inhaled juniper incense and as we circle the
Laphso and off we went into the ice fall. This is our forth time through and
we are getting rather good at it. We traversed it in record time which has the
added bonus that we are not exposed to Serac fall as long. The day held sunny
with just a touch of wind...great for moving up. Everyone is crossing ladder
bridges like a pro. Team members seem to have also mastered the Art of
positive pressure breathing as all reported easier climbing.
So the day is near perfect and the team is psyched when all a sudden a large
mass of ice calved off of Nuptse and avalanched across the trail in front of
us. It was quite impressive to watch but did little damage. We remained quite
vigilant until we were safe at camp two.
Ang Tshering cooked us a hearty meal and we put it down with gusto. This is a
good sign, indicating our adaptation to the thin air. We will now rest and
hope the weather continues to improve. Please do the same.
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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