Arnold report in: Hello EverestNews.com. This is Arnold, the leader of the
SummitClimb Everest Tibet Expedition calling from Interim Camp at 5,800
meters. Today Michael, Stef, `Stein, Bjorn, Maya and me left the comforts of
Base Camp behind and walked to Interim Camp. On the way to Interim Camp it
started snowing a lot and I think it will snow all night. The good thing about
snow is that it is warm in the night.
Matt, Kevin, Ron and Martin, Phil, Tunc and Mustafa are still in Base Camp.
They have the same plan as us, which is sleeping on the Col, and then trying
to touch Camp 2 within a couple of days later. Today I got the news that the
ropes to Camp 2 at 7,800 meters are in and that our Sherpas already
established Camp 2 for us.
Derek, Aldas and Matthew are all in ABC. They decided to go on a slower
schedule than the others and are climbing to the Col today. Aldas is the
fastest climber of our team and he's climbing to the Col again to help his
buddy Derek out. I think we have a great strong team this year and all the
members are doing fine. So, more on this in the next dispatch. Bye bye.
Earlier: This is Phil Crampton reporting for
the SummitClimb Everest-Tibet Expedition. Yesterday April 17, Martin Barnett
and I climbed up to the North Col. Most of the other members had already
reached the Col and it was Martin that completed the roster. It was my third
time to the Col in a week and I was beginning to feel the effects of being at
Advanced Base Camp for nearly two weeks.
We had the whole mountain to ourselves for the first couple of hours, until
the Sherpas from various expeditions caught up with us. There had been some
snowfall the night before and this makes the route up to the Col harder than
usual, with Martin and I taking turns breaking the trail. Upon reaching our
campsite I proceeded to dig tent platforms so we could erect some more tents.
A sole independent climber was seen following Martin up to the Col and I
believe he was shocked at what he saw. Most of the larger teams send Sherpas
ahead to erect tents and rope off the required area needed on the Col for
their campsites. This procedure has been done for many years and is one of the
unwritten rules of the north side of Everest. I have a lot of respect for
independent climber who wish to attempt Everest without the help of Sherpas. I
offered this sole climber a tent platform in our campsite area at most above
the immediate Col where we were, but he refused. He then proceeded to move the
boundary ropes of the four combined Chinese expeditions against the advice of
myself and the Sherpas who served other expeditions who were also erecting
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