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Everest South Col: Alpine Ascents climbers back in C4
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Jun 2, 2005 15: 47 EST
“Well, the last person isn’t quite back to the South Col yet, but I figure they are close enough and the conditions are good enough that I can go ahead and send this in anyway,” Ellie has just reported. “The first climbers arrived at the Col at about 11:30 am, and in about 20 minutes (around 1:30pm) everyone will be sipping tea, eating ramen, and crawling into their sleeping bags. This is when the work of Dorje and Pemba Choti is really appreciated.”

"And soon I’m going to be climbing into my sleeping bag myself. Thanks are due to the entire team of members, guides, and sherpas who stuck together and had the patience to make it all happen. Congratulations to the climbers who made it to the summit and to the dozens of support people who helped them realize their dream."

Exploradus’ team members were expected back in South Col by early afternoon, local time.

At 20 years of age, Danielle Fisher has become the youngest person to climb the seven summits, replacing the current 7 summit record holder Britton Keeshan, who was 22 when he reached Everest - the final of his seven summits - last spring, also with Alpine Ascents.

Vernon Tejas, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, Dave Morton, and Jose Luis Peralvo are once again guiding the Alpine Ascents International team this spring on Everest. Vernon Tejas, has done the Seven Summits three times, and summited Everest 4. Lakpa Rita Sherpa was the world's first Sherpa to summit Mount Vinson at Antarctica, and is a 8 time Everest summiteer. AA has been leading climbers to the roof of the world for 18 years now. The US based company is one of the leading outfitters on the South Side. This is a full serviced guided expedition.

Image sent live over Contact 3.0 of team member Jose Luis at South Coll, courtesy of Alpine Ascents.

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