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Everest South Cyber Climbers summit PUSH update
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May 22, 2004 14: 04 EST
It's the end of the Everest season and there are only two teams left on the South side. After much patience they have the mountain to themselves.

Alpine Ascents (with young gun Britton Keeshan) is reporting from Camp 4. According to the team a summit push is coming soon but may not happen tonight:

"The team is very happy to be in camp four after a breath taking day. It been stormy all day and yet we are doing well at the highest camp on earth. Our group of climbers are the strongest I've been on Everest with. Now all we need is a good rest and some reasonable weather....which according to at least two of our weather reports is just around the corner. Stay tuned."

Here is what AdventureWeather reports:

Expected snow showers around 7500m-7800m and below for the next few days. Showers will start to taper off by around Tuesday. Dry weather is currently in the forecast for most of next week. The forecast for the winds is around 5-13 m/s or lower.

Adventure Consultants will wait another day at Camp 2:

"Greetings to all from Camp 2 where an intense game of patience has begun. The Adventure Consultants team have decided to wait another day at camp 2. For the fourth day in a row the south side of Everest is enveloped in low cloud and snowfall.

The ideal and hoped for situation is to have a brilliant and non contradictory series of summit forecasts for a given period. This has not happened so far. Group discussions on weather reveal conflicting opinions as to the best strategy. Trying to make a decision that optimizes each members summit chances is tough.

Our plan for tomorrow is to assess the actual weather, take into account the various available forecasts and then make a call as to whether to move to Camp 3 or stay put at Camp 2."

Alpine Ascents and Adventure Consultants are both using Contact 2.0 for their dispatches and that too 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 of the Alpine Ascents team reaching the yellow band provided by Contact 2.0, courtesy of Alpine Ascents.
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