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.
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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