Team Miura up in Everest Camp IV, 7900m
12:31 p.m. EDT May 18, 2003
The six members of Team Miura left early this morning at 0650 AM and arrived at Camp IV, the South Col, 7984m, at 1450 hrs, Nepal time.
Gota Miura reports that the winds were blowing around 20 m/s, but are gradually decreasing. The team is tired from the climbing, but is in good condition.
Tomorrow the climbers will head up to Camp V, 8450m, at the Balcony, before leaving for their summit push on May 20th. Camp V was used by Hillary and Norgay on their historic Everest summit 50 years ago, however, most teams usually leave for their summit push from Camp IV, 7984m.
A team of Sherpas were supposed to fix ropes up towards the South Summit, 8749m, today, but did not because of high winds. They plan to head up tomorrow instead.
Summit attempt schedule as follows:
May 19 C5 (8450m)
May 20 Summit attempt
May 21 C4 (7984m)
May 22 C2 (6450m)
May 23 Back to Base Camp
Expedition member Yuichiro Miura became famous 33 years ago as, “The man who skied down Everest.” Aided with a parachute, Yuichiro ripped down the Lhotse Face on skis – this time, the Everest pioneer is going for the summit along side his son, Gota.
The team's website is one of the coolest this year, with position maps and biometric data on the climbers - very innovative.
Picture of climb sent from the South Col. courtesy of our friends at Miura Dolphins Co., Ltd.