Everest South Cyber Climbers leaving tent this minute!|
May 23, 2004 13: 40 EST
Two hours ago they reported clear skies and good weather at their C4 8000 meter last camp.
And now, in the past minutes, this just in from Alpine Ascents:
"23 May 9:45 pm.
Hello in Cyberland,
Well, it's "showtime"! This is Ellie reporting from base camp because the team has their hands full drinking tea, putting on boots and down suits, and getting ready to go. I just talked to Lakpa at the South Col and everything is looking good for the summit attempt.
The team spent the day at the South Col eating, drinking, resting, and breathing oxygen to get their strength up of the long night going to the summit. The skies have been clear and sunny, but there was a bit of wind during the afternoon.
Lakpa now says that the wind has dropped and conditions and good. Our appreciation also goes to Kami Rita (Thapkee) and Passang Sona, who spent the day climbing almost to the South Summit making sure all the fixed lines were in good shape. They are now back at the South Col and ready to do the climb all over again with the team.
I have told the climbers to be careful about calling in. If there is any danger of frostbite they should not take their mittens off to try to use the radio. I will send in reports every couple of hours, but if it is very cold up there I may not have any new news. This will be a case of no news is good news.
Here at base camp we have juniper burning and are saying prayers as the climbers start on their way."
Ellie, Alpine Ascents BC manager will stay up all night, and so will ExplorersWeb. Expect updates through the night.
Alpine Ascents and Adventure Consultants are both using Contact 2.0 for their dispatches and that makes their story pretty unique. While other teams have to wait until they return to BC before they can send out their story and images to their webmasters, these guys are live from high camps.
Alpine Ascents have a guided climb up Everest’s South Col route with one of America’s leading expedition outfits. There are 8 climbers on the team, which includes the 22-year old Britton Keeshan (USA). If he summits Everest this year, he will become the youngest person to achieve the Seven Summits. Expedition leaders: Lakpa Rita Sherpa (recently 1st sherpa on Vinson), Vernon Tejas, and Dave Morton.
Adventure Consultants, one of the worlds leading outfits founded by the legendary mountain guide Rob Hall have 3 guides and a maximum of 9 clients. Two of the guides are Mike Roberts and Luis Benitez. Mike Roberts is an Everest summiter and has led expeditions to Aconcagua in South America, McKinley in Alaska, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Gasherbrum I & II in Pakistan, Cho Oyu in Tibet and Muztagh Ata in Western China. Luis Benitez has also guided around the world and is a 3-time Everest summiter.
Live image from Camp 4 earlier this morning, Alpine Ascents
Video: Camp 4 and the route up to South Summit - ExplorersWeb archive video