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Final Everest high camp preparations
18:46 p.m. EDT May 16, 2003
Alexander Abramov from the Russian Adventure team reports in good news about he team’s progress. In previous days they have been struggling with placing gear and setting tents higher up – a night or two ago, two climbers were holding the tent up at 7500m with their own bodies. Their sherpas carried 20 oxygen canisters at Camp II, 7500m, and at Camp III, 8300m. With any luck, they already have their tents set at 8300m. The projected summit date is for the 20th or 21st of May.

Alexander Abramov reports:
"15, May. The weather is extraordinary this year. The Sherpas said that such strong wind had been only one day last year. It is strange the sky is absolutely clean and it is impossible to ascend. The west wind is blowing now and soon will be southwest this means monsoon. There were years when nobody was able to ascend the summit. Perhaps the anniversary year is preparing us such gift. The weather becomes warmer. The tent is not frozen inside. The sherpas are working; they have carried 20 oxygen cylinders at 7500m and 8300m. We are trying to install the tent today at 8300m. The wind is going to drop for two or three days. Abramov, Pushkarev and Tzarev are not going to BC now; they are staying in the ABC to ascend on the 16th of May. We are planning: 17, May - 7500m, 18, May - 7900m, 19, May - 8300m, 20 or 21, May - the summit. According to the new weather forecast from the 16th to the 21st of May the snowfalls are expected. Follow the news. It is the end of the message,
Bye"


This expedition is part of a new project called the, "Russian Adventure Team." Their goal is to climb the seven summits of the seven continents - The first peak climbed was Mt. Elbrus this past January 8th and then Kilimanjaro. After Everest, they will head to Carstensz Pyramid.

Image courtesy of Mountain.ru

Alexander's dispatch translated and forwarded by our friends as Mountain.ru



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