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Expedition leaders meeting on Everest south side - heading back up
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May 22, 2005 14: 22 EST
Alpine Ascents posted a dispatch regarding the expedition leader meeting that Luis reported on yesterday. There is a first hint of possibly improving weather on the 28th, but because the forecast is so far ahead in time, it's too uncertain and we hope for more solid info perhaps already by tomorrow. Here goes from Everest south side:

"Most of the climbing teams are at base camp waiting for an improvement in the weather before trying to go for the summit. Nobody has summited Everest from this side this season which is very unusual."

Fixing lines

"This morning the expedition leaders had a meeting by the clinic to discuss the current situation and decide the best plan to follow regarding fixing lines from the South Col to the Summit and avoiding the dreaded bottle neck along the knife-edged ridge that goes from the South Summit to the Hillary step."

"It was interesting and good to note that the spirit of competition between the different expeditions was left aside in favor of everybody’s safety. Most of the teams will contribute with climbing material and Sherpas to accomplish this important mission....We are planning to head up the mountain in the next couple of days.
Wish us luck with the weather."

At 20 years of age, Danielle Fisher has a chance to be the youngest American to climb Everest. She is in a close race with Jess Roskelley (they both have ADD!), who summited on May 21, 2003, also at age 20. Danielle also has a chance to be the youngest person to climb the seven summits, replacing the current 7 summit record holder Britton Keeshan, who was 22 when he reached Everest - the final of his seven summits - last spring.

Vernon Tejas, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, Dave Morton, and Jose Luis Peralvo are once again the guides of Alpine Ascents International team this spring on Everest. AA has been leading climbers to the roof of the world for 18 years now. The US based company is one of the leading outfitters on the South Side. This is a full serviced guided expedition.

Live image over Contact 3.0 of today's expedition leader meeting, courtesy of Alpine Ascents.

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