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Everest South summit push update
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May 18, 2005 03: 24 EST

The first Everest summits might happen already tomorrow, we reported yesterday. There was word of Sherpas fixing ropes at the Hillary Step - and several teams were heading up the mountain. Late evening the German climbers from Leipzig reported on two expeditions reaching C4 on Everest south side, and going for the summit this morning.

“A huge American expedition and a Korean group have gone for the summit, despite the weather conditions being far from good. Both teams reached the South Col today and they will attempt the summit tonight, with supplementary oxygen support,” they wrote.

C3 tomorrow

Yet at 1 pm local time, there were still no news of a summit. Instead, a phone call from BC early this morning said that teams are actually returning from C2 on Everest south side: "Everyone are a meteorologist right now, checking weather reports and each other," reported the climber. But there are also reports of mountaineers from Korea, Czech rep, British and Russians going for C3 tomorrow.

Another avalanche at C1

The climbers reportedly at the South Col might wait it out for one more day, or turn around. The weather forecasts promise lower winds, but not ideal conditions.

Meanwhile, the Singapore expedition reported another avalanche at Camp I on Everest South side, but no one was there: "Ordinarily, the team would stop and spend two nights at Camp I before moving up to Camp II, but as a result of the instability of the snow at Camp I, we will be bypassing Camp I on our way to the summit," they wrote. Like many other teams, the climbers schedule a summit push on Sunday, May 22, subject to the weather.

Image of climbers fighting their way to the South summit of Everest in high winds, ExWeb files.
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