Mt. Everest 2005: Mountain Madness Expedition: We climbed to camp 2
May 11, 2005
Hi Everyone, We climbed to
camp 2 yesterday. The wind picked up throughout the night. We woke at 5 a.m.
this morning to move up to camp 3. We left camp 2 around 7 a.m. We were roped
together as we moved up the Khumbu Glacier towards the Lhotse face. There was
a morning slap in the face as high winds greeted us. Ray was very tired and
decided to quit the climb and descend to base camp. About 9 a.m. we noticed
severe winds whipping across the face. Rather than risk frostbite we turned
around and descended to camp 2. We will try again tomorrow and start a little
later when it is warmer and winds are calmer.
We wish everyone the best! Christine
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