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Everest North Side SUMMIT PUSH: Duncan Chessell going for it!
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May 26, 2005 09: 48 EST
“Today we leave ABC for our summit push,” reported Duncan Chessell minutes ago. “We hope to summit Monday the 30th of May.”

It’s gonna be windy up there!

“The Weather looks the best it has all season, but it will not be an easy summit, winds are expected at 20-35 knots, air temperature -22, which is the warmest for the season, but that gives us a fairly cool wind chill… "

"The best thing going for us is that the winds are predicted to be from 240 degrees (South-West), which means we should be protected from the wind for most of our climb along the summit ridge and North Face, but the summit will be windy. I expect we will only have time to be on the top for 2-3 minutes, not long to enjoy the view but with strong winds we will have to be quick.”

Strong, self sufficient team

“I will be climbing with Dr. Julian Thompson from London. He attempted Everest in 2003 but due to poor logistics (by another company) was unable to summit. The other team member I will be with is Paul Boslooper from the Netherlands, he runs his own trekking and mountaineering company and has been doing so for 20+ years, so he’s also very experienced. I feel positive about the clients, and the Sherpas are strong and experienced, too.”

Jamie watching from 7900m

“Another significant factor in our favor is a back-up team. We have Jamie McGuinness (NZ) stationed at the 7900m camp with radios, spare oxygen and rescue Sherpas. He will be monitoring our progress throughout the day and will be able to advise us where any other groups are, any bottle necks or problems to watch out for. In our hypoxic environment at the summit ridge this can make all the difference.”

Second summit team aiming for the top shortly after

“The second team will attempt to summit 1-2 June, they are slightly slower and require longer to climb, and lower winds. It is hoped, but not confirmed, that we’ll have slightly better winds on June 1-2, but we can’t gamble on any later dates for the fast team.”

“Let’s just hope the weather gods allow us to pass and return safely. Everyone is really looking forward to the summit push and our thoughts are focusing on the task ahead.”

Australian guide Duncan Chessell is currently attempting Everest from the classic route on the North side. He has emerged as the "king of dispatches" on Everest lately, with live positions, altitude tracking, live pics and several videos from the mountain.

Live image sent over Contact 3.0 of Julian and Duncan in ABC, courtesy of Duncan Chessell/DCXP.

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