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Everest Snowboarders on SUMMIT PUSH
14:22 p.m. EDT Sep 9, 2003
1.30 EST (11.30 PM local) Eric called in. Listen to the voice dispatch:

Audio - Eric calling in 11.30 PM (local)

30 minutes earlier (11.00 PM local) all four climbers left C1. Eric remains in C1. He can't see the climbers right now, but believes they are up at the wall. The plan is for a single push up at the wall, climbing 10-12 hours from now, to reach C2 Wednesday Sept 10, 10.00 AM local (today midnight EST). There they will boil water, rest and eat, then leave again 8.00-9.00 PM local (lunch EST Wedn) and start final push towards the summit.

They hope to reach the summit 11 AM - 2 PM local Thursday September 11 (midnight EST tomorrow) and commence the snowboard and ski descent.

Eric will call in voice dispatches every 4 hours throughout the push. The weather is fine, lately the pattern has been nice nights, beautiful mornings but bad towards the afternoons. The climbers hope for forecasted clearer weather above 7000 meters.

Stephen Koch aims to snowboard the Seven Summits. With only one left to go – Everest – he chose the hard way; down one of the world’s most famous direct lines, the Hornbein Couloir.

Jimmy Chin plans to climb to the top with Stephen and then ski down. Eric Hendersen will follow part of the route and do the communications. The team also chose their two sherpas, Lakpa Dorje Sherpa and Kami Sherpa for companions on the climb: "Lakpa has summitted 4 times without oxygen and Kami has summitted 2x with oxygen. They are great partners and we are excited to have them along."

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