May 29 - Off to the summit 11:15
Hello in cyberland,
At last we’re on our way! This is Base Camp Manager Ellie Henke reporting from
Everest base camp, where we’ve just heard that Vern Tejas and David Liano have
started on their way to the top. Today they moved up from camp 3 at 7,200
meters (23,600 feet) to Camp 4 at the South Col at 7,960 meters (26,100 feet).
When they arrived they got some rest and decided they felt pretty good. After
weeks of wind the weather was improving, and a few hours ago they reported
that this evening was almost dead calm. So the decision was made to go for it.
So far this season no one has reached the summit of Everest from the southern
Nepal side, so suddenly we find ourselves on the cutting edge.
So the final leg of the climb begins for Vern and Dave as they leave the South
Col at 11:15 this evening. I will be sending in periodic reports, but I am not
expecting to have too many communications with them. They are under strict
orders not to risk frostbite by taking their mittens off during the night to
do radio calls. So no news will be good news.
Meanwhile, the base camp staff is huddled around a propane heater in the
communications tent. Gopal, our liaison officer Bed, Kumar, Lakpa, Gelbu, and
myself will be trading off throughout the night to monitor the radio and track
the progress of the climbers.
So stay tuned for further news from our first Everest summit attempt.
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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