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Everest South Col update: AA team keeping the spirits high
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Jun 1, 2005 03: 52 EST
Dave has just reported from South Col, letting know the team is doing ell and still hoping for a chance to summit. This is his latest:

“”Well, Namaste once again!

”I'm sitting on the South Col in my warm sleeping bag in the sun that has just come up. Esther and Danielle are next to me doing the same. We arrived here yesterday at around 4:30 pm after leaving Camp III at 9:30 am. The team is all in great spirits and at this point we are just hoping that we get some break in luck up here. The forecasts are once again calling for high winds but we're banking on an exception at this point.”

Still windy, clear skies

”Last night there were 3 teams in position to go to the summit yet we didn't get a let up in the winds for the entirety of the evening. The past couple of days have seen higher winds with many lenticular clouds over the summit and on the summits of surrounding high peaks. This morning we have high winds remaining but the skies are clear in all directions.”

”We'll spend the day here resting and taking SHORT walks around the Col. We'll be breathing oxygen on and off throughout the day as well.”

David and Vern on their way to BC

”We had word on the radio this morning that David and Vern were on their way back to BC. We had a nice visit with them between CIII and CIV yesterday.”

”The team here all sends our best to you out there and ask for your positive thoughts on the weather and our summit day. We'll try and give an update later.

All the best, Dave.”

May 30, David Liano, Vernon Tejas, Chewang Sherpa, and Thapkee Sherpa summited Mount Everest from the south side. 25 years old Mexican David Liano has been climbing since he was 13 years old. Summits include Cho-Oyu, Denali, Aconcagua, Huayna Potosi, Pequeno Alpamayo, and Pico de Orizaba and Iztacciauatl in his native Mexico. 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 six time Everest summiteer.

Vernon Tejas, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, Dave Morton, and Jose Luis Peralvo are once again guiding the Alpine Ascents International team this spring on Everest. 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.

Among the clients, at 20 years of age, Danielle Fisher has a chance to be 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. She is in the second summit push team.

Live image sent over Contact 3.0 of Esther (left), Danielle and Dave in the tent in Camp 4, courtesy of Alpine Ascents.

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