8000 Meters Facts
Everest 2005: Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse:
More exercise, Labouche and a
real bed !
After much thought and debate
with other members from different teams I have decided to tough this out!
Tomorrow I'll set off for Labouche not too far down the track, but enough to
get some exercise and to sleep in a bed!
General consensus is weather
improving slowly but current outlook not the stable window we are looking for.
Still, some teams planning to begin climb in the next few days in anticipation
of improving conditions and with a view of calling it off if necessary!
Problem with this is the Ice Fall, which everyone agrees is becoming
increasingly unstable and not to be climbed unless necessary. So I will go
down get some exercise and some change of scenery in Labouche! and hope that
things will be more stable for a possible summit attempt on the 21st. This
will mean setting off for C2 on Wednesday the 18th, it also means I'll miss my
return flight home, but that's how it goes sometimes!
Until then I will try and get
as much exercise as possible and stay away from infected people. Serge has
full blown flu and is incapacitated, Luda has a bad chest but I think its
Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse, a small German/English team of two will
attempt Everest in Spring of 2005 via the normal southeast ridge route. Keith
is in his fifties, Dirk 39. "Both of us have extensive mountaineering
experience, I am in a lifetime project of the seven summits, already started
with Kilimanjaro, 20 years ago. My expeditions have been self organized
whenever possible. I soloed Aconcagua and Elbrus - if you can call it this way
on this beaten tracks. Everest and Carstensz are still missing. Keith and me
climbed Denali together the year before. Keith works for British Telecom as
Manager Global Solutions. I am Pilot for a German Charter Company. My aim is
to support a cancer charity. This has a personal background, as my wife has
cancer herself and I am greatly involved in researching things and supporting
people with the same fate. Everest is a good opportunity to raise funds things
like this. Every support is welcome!"
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