8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005:
Update: June 3
Update: June 3 Camp II
So the uncertainty and days of waiting have passed. We are back in Camp II and
everyone's excitement and satisfaction is growing by the hour. Coming back
down to a more livable altitude and sensing the closeness to BC has definitely
added laughter and smiles.
Tonight everyone hung out in the cook tent with the Sherpa and began to
remember some of the spectacular moments on summit day as well as some of the
more humorous moments. A couple of members of the Singapore team who also made
the summit yesterday joined us for the laughs and conversation. Inevitably the
talk turned to those that were missed at the summit. We had a wonderful team
and unfortunately it wasn't quite as big at the summit but we were thinking of
Tony, Danielle and Esther all deserve a great deal of credit for this summit.
This was an incredibly frustrating season due to the overwhelmingly bad
forecasts and seemingly poor summit possibilities. Each of them kept hanging
in there keeping positive about a break in the chances. Climbing Everest is
largely a mental game and they all stayed in it despite the tough breaks. And
perhaps most importantly kept smiling and laughing throughout.
Tomorrow night Tony would like to write an account of our summit day. I'm
looking forward to it seeing as how he hasn't stopped writing during this
entire expedition. We'll also send off some summit pictures.
We're up at 4 am to get through the icefall early and then showering and
drinking beer in the afternoon! We'll be in touch with Tony's account
All the best,
Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave
Morton, Jose Luis Peralvo, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa will lead the Alpine Ascent
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