Today we went over to the
glacier and practiced crevasse rescue with the Sherpas. We simulated a full on
rescue. The scenario was a climber fell in crevasse and broke his leg. Our
Sherpas were able to rappel down to injured climber, splint his leg, raise the
injured climber out of the crevasse, set up a makeshift stretcher, and carry
the victim to safety. This took our Sherpa team 30 minutes!
The weather reports still
indicates strong winds at the summit. There is a small window on the 21st
where the winds will abate slightly. A Korean and British group plan to
attempt the summit on the 21st. Unfortunately the winds will jump back to 60
to 80 knots after that. We wish the groups good luck.
The majority of the climbing
teams are waiting at base camp for a better summit window. We hope this will
occur sometime after the 25th.
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