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Everest huge Summit Push 70 to 80 climbers in C4
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May 14, 2004 11: 47 EST
Reports are coming in that between 70 and 80 climbers are at the South Col, 8,000m today. Teams will be ready to take off in a couple hours, just waiting on final weather reports. Forecasts are still predicting windy conditions on the summit for today, dropping down Tomorrow evening.

The climb from C4 to summit takes around 10 hours. Between 8 and 11pm Everest time (about 10 hours ahead of EST) climbers will leave camp. To date the most summits in one day is 117 (+-2) on 22 May 2003.

Jagged Globe's latest dispatch put more climbers in Camp 3 and a whole slew of climbers heading up to Camp 4. “We can confirm that Kenton and Clive have reached C4 (8,000m) on the South Col. They're planning on leaving for the top tonight. We also know that members of the Mountain Madness team, Mexican team (including Andres Delgado) and Ed Viesturs are on their way up.”

We are still waiting on news from lone RAF climber Ted Atkins; he planned to reach summit yesterday but may have held up in C4 to wait out the high winds. It is not uncommon for climbers to stay a one extra night in C4 sucking O's.

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Jagged Globe is returning to the South Side of Everest with a strong team. Kenton Cool is leading Jagged Globe's 8th expedition to the mountain. Kenton is a regular leader for Jagged Globe and was recently nominated for the Piolet D'Or for his new route on Annapurna III. Sherpas are Penurbu, Pema Tsering and Ang Tsering, all of whom have summited Everest before. The climbers are Clive Jones (NZ) and Nick Brook (UK). Between them, they have been on previous expeditions to 8000m peaks, including Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II, Shishapangma and Lhotse.

Image of climbers preparing to leave the South Col courtesy of Jagged Globe and Stephen Goodwin.

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