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Live from Everest South Col, 8 p.m. - It's a GO!
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Jun 1, 2005 11: 55 EST
It's 8 p.m. on Everest south side. Check out this image, live from South Col, sent out earlier this morning by the Alpine Ascents cyber climbers! (More live images from the SC on the teams site).

It's decision time for the climbers as some, like team Exploradus, already spent two nights up there. Well, the verdict just arrived: It's a go!

Here's the latest from Exploradus:

"01 June 2005
Summit dispatch #1

This is the first of many dispatches that will be posted through out the night as the attempt on the summit of Mt Everest progresses.

The plan at the moment is to leave the S. Col at 8:30 p.m. tonight 01 June. The crew will start to get ready much earlier and then put their boots and crampons on starting at 8 p.m..."

This probably means that the others are moving as well. Alpine Ascents wrote; "This morning we have high winds remaining but the skies are clear in all directions.”

It's a game of chance. Godspeed!

Camp 4 South Col sits on a plateau resembling a moonscape. You are at the edge of the atmosphere and the sky owns a strange, dark blue color. Only a small climb above camp, you look down the Tibetan plateau with it's vast brown plains, white glaciers and the other alpine giants - Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu - in the distance. It's all magic and unreal.

Yet, this is also the place were the media, fame and fun of BC definitely are gone. Only fear remains on everyone's face. People don’t talk a lot. Resting in your tent, feeling weak already, you try to get some sleep as night falls outside. In a couple of hours you will start to put on your gear for the final part of the adventure - the summit push.

The wall towards the summit is steep and dark, you are in the death zone and you can´t help thinking that within the next 48 hours, there is a very real risk that you might not live.

Go over your gear in daylight. Have everything neatly organized. Drink at least 3 liters of fluid or more if you can. Bring another 2 liters of hot fluid on the climb. Get your axe ready, prepare the Hot Tronics. You will feel great as long as the day is bright but lose spirit fast when night falls. The cold, scary darkness outside is anything but inviting. The wind rustle the tent canvas. You will probably not be able to sleep. Take it easy. As soon as you start out on the climb you will feel much better. Fear is always worse than reality.

(From the Everest Survival Guide on this website - "The route").

Live image over Contact 3.0 of team member Jose Luis at South Col, dedicated to Ecuadorian guide Gabriel Llano, courtesy of Alpine Ascents.

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