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 Mt. Everest 2005: National University of Singapore 2005 Everest Expedition and The Singapore Premier Taxi Everest Expedition without oxygen


Update: Adrenalin was pumping today as Group 1 -- Lindley and Ernest -- headed towards Camp 4 at the South Col. They had slept on oxygen at Camp 3 during the night and from here, they will be using bottled oxygen during the climb. They arrived at 1215 and 1315 respectively, going at a comfortable pace so as not to tire themselves too much.

The mountain was crowded with an estimated 60 to 70 climbers, including Sherpas. The first summits were reported this morning by climbers who were moving just behind the group of Sherpas who were fixing the ropes. By 7.30am or so, some climbers had reached the South Summit but were not able to proceed as the Sherpas were still fixing ropes, a process made slower by the knee-deep snow. By about 9.30am, several reached the summit, including famous mountaineer and guide Dave Hahn who chalked up his 6th Everest summit.

Our guys were thankful they decided to go a day later as the wait at South Summit could be devastatingly cold. A few climbers were reported to have turned round after the South Summit. Tonight, they will leave Camp 4 at about 9pm. Estimated time of summit is about 6am - 7am.

Group 2 members, Stefen, Khong Lean and Yen Kai, will leave Camp 3 tomorrow morning at about 6.30am and head toward the South Col. Lulin

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