June 1 Camp IV
Well Namaste once again!
I'm sitting on the South Col in my warm sleeping bag in the sun that has just
come up. Esther and Danielle are next to me doing the same. We arrived here
yesterday at around 4:30 pm after leaving Camp III at 9:30 am. The team is all
in great spirits and at this point we are just hoping that we get some break
in luck up here. The forecasts are once again calling for high winds but we're
banking on an exception at this point.
Last night there were 3 teams in position to go to the summit yet we didn't
get a let up in the winds for the entirety of the evening. The past couple of
days have seen higher winds with many lenticular clouds over the summit and on
the summits of surrounding high peaks. This morning we have high winds
remaining but the skies are clear in all directions.
We'll spend the day here resting and taking SHORT walks around the Col. We'll
be breathing oxygen on and off throughout the day as well.
We had word on the radio this morning that David and Vern were on their way
back to BC. We had a nice visit with them between CIII and CIV yesterday.
There was also word this morning that there hadn't been info sent regarding
our move up. We apologize for that.
The team here
all sends our best to you out there and ask for your positive thoughts on the
weather and our summit day. We'll try and give an update later.
All the best,
PS- The last photo is in loving memory of Gabriel Llano: heart and force of
Ecuadorian guiding and climbing. Jose Luis hopes to do the same for him on the
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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