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  Mt. Everest 2007: SummitClimb Tibet Everest 2007:  Arnold checks in with tent news and a possible Summit push by the India team


Arnold checks in with tent news and a possible Summit push by the India team (all is well with Arnold's team,

Hello EverestNews.com. This is Arnold, the leader of the SummitClimb Everest-Tibet Expedition. Last night, Phil, Martin, Kevin, Bjorn and Stef, together with five of our Tibetan Sherpas slept at the North Col. Today the weather is terrific and the hope is to reach 7500 meters and then turn around to sleep another night at the Col to optimize their acclimatizations. Our Sherpas made a huge carry of supplies to Camp 2 today at 7850 meters. What a surprise—they found another team of private climbers in our tent. Apparently there was some confusion about whose property the tent was. After a short radio call I made it clear that it was our camp and if they were not in an emergency they should put in their own tents.

We also saw the Indian team leaving ABC today. They have to go on to climb to Camp 2 and if everything is right they want to push to the summit and beat the big Chinese team. Tomorrow, Mustafa, Tunc, Matt, Maya and me and all others along will go to the Col to finish our acclimatization schedule. So, so far everything goes very smooth and we didn’t have any big delays yet and this is mainly because our Sirdar Jangbu Sherpa is doing an outstanding job. So that’s it for now, bye bye.)

and a report from Michael Hsu recapping events

Hello, this is Michael Hsu calling from SummitClimb’s Everest-Tibet 2007 Expedition. On 26 April, Jangbu Sherpa and I were climbing the snowy northeast ridge towards Camp 2. It was a windy day with a festive plume fluttering from the rocky summit pyramid ahead of us. As the snow receded from view, summit dreams seemed on the verge of turning from possibility to reality.

Yesterday after returning from Camp 1 in marvel conditions, I arrived in time to participate in the dedication ceremony of our ABC Puja. Now as our Sherpas start their journeys to the high camps, they have a well made lopsu, or shrine from which to offer their devotions for safety and success. Unfortunately, the Sherpa also died this day on the south side of Everest after being struck by icefall from the Lhotse face.

As for our expedition members, we are in a variety of holding patterns as we try to reach peak acclimatization and perfect timing for our summit attempts. In general to have a reasonable shot at the summit, we must have slept for a night at Camp 1. Today, 28 April, --- Kev, Martin, and Richard left under sunny conditions to sleep at Camp 1 and push on to Camp 2. Phil will keep an eye on them for the next couple of days. Tunc, Mustafa, Matt and Ron will leave two days hence with Arnold and Maya providing oversight. Aldas may return with them for a second time on the ridge.

Walter will be coming up to ABC tomorrow, and Derek is resting up in Shigar for a possible summit attempt. Of course, our plans are highly subject to the vaguaries of weather and the plans of other teams. For now, we as a team are blessed with good health minus a few sniffles and coughs. I hope things are going well at home and please wish us luck as we press high up the mountain. Michael—goodbye.

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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