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  Mt. Everest 2007: SummitClimb Tibet Everest 2007:  Arnold reports in....


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 tents.

This is Phil Crampton, Everest-Tibet 2007

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