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Everest South summit push update: Teams fall back, crowd grows in Base Camp
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May 20, 2005 10: 43 EST
ExWeb has just received a phone message from Luis Benitez in Base Camp. The climber reports that news from the higher camps is “not heartening.” Teams that were heading for Camp 4 have turned back to Camp 2, and others are descending all the way down to BC. On top of that, the winds are forecast to become even stronger.

Meanwhile, Luis reports, there are still a couple of teams camped out on the South Col, hoping to sneak in a summit despite the heavy winds and snow.

Down in Base Camp, there’s a growing crowd of climbers “watching, waiting, and hoping” for a late May summit window. Check out the new webcast later today for Luis' full report.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1972; his mother Italian/American; his father, an immigrant from Ecuador, Luis has been a busy guide. He has summitted Everest 4 times, Aconcagua 10 times, and stood on other "Seven Summit" peaks 14 times. Since Everest last May, he's been to Elbrus (5642m) in the old USSR, Ama Dablam, Antarctica (Mt Vinson with Annabelle Bond), and Aconcagua. On each of his expeditions, Luis has been dispatching pics and reports over Contact 3.0. Currently single, Luis lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Image courtesy of Luis Benitez.

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