More summits for DCXP/Project Himalaya this morning|
Jun 4, 2005 00: 55 EST
Paul Boslooper and Namgyl Sherpa reached the summit of Mount Everest at 9:30 am Nepal time today, 4 June 2005. They reported light winds and good conditions, and the two are on their way down, with "plenty of oxygen for the return journey," reports their Everest team.
A last, desperate shot
This was a last, desperate shot at the summit for the two climbers. Three days back, June 1, Duncan Chessell reported: "Jamie, Paul Boslooper and Namgyl just radioed from the high camp at 8250m, they started at midnight in strong 30-35 knot winds, blasting directly onto the North Face at them. Some stronger gusts buffeted them about and kept the temperature cold. They made it to the second step at about 8500m only 350m below the summit of Everest!"
Drop back to 7700m and wait
"At this point everyone was getting very cold feet and hands and Jamie called it a day, they returned to high camp took off boots and gloves to rewarm in the tent and thankfully there are NO PROBLEMS. After an hour of radio calls, weather reports downloads at ABC by Duncan they have decided to drop back to 7700m and wait for another promising window on the 4th of June, wow this is turning into a long summit push."
Ups the stakes
"Jamie is descending to ABC to assist with packing up with ABC as our Yaks arrive on the 3rd to take all our equipment to BC on the 4th. So Paul an Namgyl have elected to remain on the mountain after we go! This ups the stakes for them, although they should summit the morning we are packing ABC, so if they have real problems we can hold the Yaks to initiate a rescue if required, not ideal but workable, this season is just so late this year."
Holding back a jeep
"We will leave two porters for them to bring their equipment down to BC and hold back a jeep for their journey to Kathmandu. So all the best to Paul B and Namgyl - we will monitor their progress from ABC by radio and binoculars, radioing them weather forecasts and standing-by in case they need help until our Yaks take us away!"
Paul Boslooper and Namgyl Sherpa are now racing down the mountain to catch that jeep - with a last minute Everest summit bagged for their persistence!
For his 12th 8000m expedition Jamie McGuinness was providing professional support for a small team. Duncan Chessell, 34, 2001 became the first South Australian to make it to the summit of Everest in 2001. This year, Duncan has emerged as the "king of dispatches" on Everest, with live positions, altitude tracking, several videos from the mountain and the season's first image and video from Everest summit. He's also the one who has reported on the status of the ropes, different oxygen systems - and other mountain related news from Everest's North Side.
Live image over Contact 3.0 of another of the expedition summiteers, Dawa on May 30, courtesy of DCXP.