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Mount Everest 3 AM - "Keeping the juniper fires burning"
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May 23, 2004 18: 47 EST
"May24-three am.

May 24, 3:00 am. - Well, it's dark and snowing again at base camp, but things seem to be going well on the climb. I still have not had radio contact with the climbing team, which is what we expected given the cold up there. So be patient, we should start seeing some daylight in a bit over an hour.

I'm expecting they will be getting up toward the balcony by then. In the meantime things are pretty quiet here at base camp. Ong Chu is sleeping, and Gopal headed that way a while ago as well. We'll trade off the radio watch again in another hour or two.

Keeping the juniper fires burning,


Alpine Ascents have a guided climb up Everest’s South Col route with one of America’s leading expedition outfits. There are 8 climbers on the team, which includes the 22-year old Britton Keeshan (USA, CT). If he summits Everest this year, he will become the youngest person to achieve the Seven Summits. Britton is the Grandson of "Captain Kangaroo." Expedition leaders: Lakpa Rita Sherpa (recently 1st sherpa on Vinson), Vernon Tejas, and Dave Morton. Check the link for full details on the entire team.

Alpine Ascents are using Contact 2.0 for their dispatches and that too makes their story pretty unique. While other teams have to wait until they return to BC before they can send out their story and images to their webmasters, these guys are live from high camps. Tonight, over radio to BC and the Juniper fire man; Ellie.

Image of the Balcony, ExplorersWeb and Britton Keeshan, courtesy of Alpine Ascents.

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