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STUCK Everest Snowboarders fight for instep to the Couloir
15:45 p.m. EDT Aug 29, 2003
Eric just called in an update (02.30 PM EST):

Eric calling in MP3

"I just talked to Stephen and they seem to be stuck out on a small wall out on the Glacier. The snow seem to be pretty soft. Conditions may not be ideal. I will call back in about two hours with an update on if they are going up or heading back to camp one."

As the climbers negotiate the pre-wall, the glacier is melting and time could run out for a good wall ascent tonight. If this is the case the climbers will return to C1.

Stephen Koch aims to snowboard the Seven Summits. With only one left to go – Everest – he chose the hard way; down one of the world’s most famous direct lines, the Hornbein Couloir.

Jimmy Chin plans to climb to the top with Stephen and then ski down. The team also chose their two sherpas, Lakpa Dorje Sherpa and Kami Sherpa for companions on the climb: "Lakpa has summitted 4 times without oxygen and Kami has summitted 2x with oxygen. They are great partners and we are excited to have them along."

Off season, in the Monsoon, there are no fixed ropes, no camps and no O2. Stephen, Jimmy and Eric are friends from Wyoming. The expedition uses Contact 2.0 software to provide Web updates.

Image courtesy of the Everest Snowboard Expedition.

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