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THE WALL Everest Snowboarders 600 Meters on the Wall
17:22 p.m. EDT Sep 9, 2003

04.24 PM EST (02.24 AM local) Eric called in. Listen to the voice dispatch:

Audio - Eric calling in 02.24 AM (local)

"This is Eric Hendersen, Sept 10th from the North Face of Everest. I just got off the Radio with Stephen, and he said the climb is going quite well. They climbed 600 meter so far this evening. The moon is still out, there is no precip on them up above Camp 2. It's snowing on me on the glacier, but on the Face there is no new precip. The Japanese is not as firm as we expected just due to the fact that its north facing but it is quite good for climbing still, a little concern about snowboarding in terms of the ice that they are finding but things seem to be going quite well, standby for news and check in with us in another four hours and I'll have an update for you on how the climbers are doing! Alrighty.."

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 courtesy of Everest Snowboarders.

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