Update: June 2 Summit
Team Heading Down 10:30
Ok, the summit is behind them and the wind is picking up. We just talked to
Lakpa on the radio and the wind was whistling through his microphone. He says
the team is below the South Summit and heading down to the Balcony. Luckily
it’s a bright sunny day so hopefully not too cold for them. In our look at
years past, here’s some data on the progress of previous teams in their
descent from the summit:
2000 – Turned around at the South Summit at 10:45am, arrived at the South Col
at 3:35pm – about 5 hours down.
2002 - Last summit at 11:18; arrived at South Col at 3:00pm - about 4 hours.
2003 - Last members to summit at 1:00pm; first members at South Col at 6:00pm,
last member arrived at 8:00pm – 5 to 7 hours.
2004 - Last to summit at 9:45am; arrived at South Col at 1:30pm - about 4
2005 – (May 31) Summit at 11:35; arrived at South Col 4:00 – 4 ½ hours.
2005 - (June 2) Last to summit at 8:50am; They are moving fast, Willi says he
wouldn’t be surprised if they were back at the South Col by noon.
Dave promises he will call in when they arrive at the South Col so everyone
knows they have arrived safely.
That’s all for now, Ellie
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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