Update June 3rd, 2005:
Edwin left Camp 4 at 9pm on June 1. The winds were not as strong as the
previous night when he and Robert abandoned their summit plans, but still
strong enough to whip the tents.
a brave attempt to battle the winds and cold but at about 10.30pm, decided it
was futile and turned back to Camp 4 with Dorje Lama, his Sherpa.
certainly disappointing but it was a wise move as safety was his priority.
before, Robert decided to give up his summit bid and descended in the next
morning (June 1), although he was feeling fit and strong.
at the winds that night," Robert said, "and going by the weather forecasts
predicting increasing wind speeds for the next two days, I decided even if the
weathermen were wrong, the speeds would not likely decrease sufficiently to
make it possible to reach the summit.
without oxygen needs good weather -- calm or at least mild winds. I know I
world have made it under such conditions. But given the high winds, I knew it
would be futile."
decided to give it a go anyway, turned back, proving Robert right in his
The two men
are disappointed with the weather this season, but not with their performance.
They had climbed in excellent time from camp to camp up to the South Col. But
summiting Everest without oxygen will have to wait to another occasion.
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