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Snowboarders' Summit Push?
10:37 a.m. EDT Sep 9, 2003
Eric Henderson just called ExplorersWeb and reports that the team is standing by, ready to make another summit push tonight if the weather holds up. Right now, there is no wind; however, there are intermittent snow showers.

Stephen Koch will phone in an audio dispatch as soon as the team decides whether it’s a go, possibly about 9:00 p.m. local time.

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. Eric Hendersen will follow part of the route and do the communications. 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 of Jimmy Chin and Eric Henderson courtesy of Everest Snowboarders.

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