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The Weather is in! Everest summit push 10 pm EST
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May 23, 2004 11: 44 EST
Its 8 pm, Kathmandu time, and the Alpine Ascent team is less than two hours from an Everest summit push.

“Today we awoke to the first clear sky in nearly a week. The team has spent the day eating, drinking and breathing supplemental oxygen. We will continue to rest throughout the day. After dinner we will start dressing around 8 pm. Our planned departure is 10 pm.”

The weather, or at least the forecasts, is looking good. Wind speed 5-10m/s and no snowfall!

The route looks solid. “Today two of our top climbing Sherpas went to the South Summit to check the route. We are all greatly indebted to our Sherpa team led by Lakpa Rita Sherpa - an Alpine Ascents International Senior Guide and Expedition Sirdar.”

Ellie, Alpine Ascents BC manager will stay up all night, and so will we at ExplorersWeb. Expect updates all through Sunday night.

Alpine Ascents and Adventure Consultants are both 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.

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). If he summits Everest this year, he will become the youngest person to achieve the Seven Summits. Expedition leaders: Lakpa Rita Sherpa (recently 1st sherpa on Vinson), Vernon Tejas, and Dave Morton.

Adventure Consultants, one of the worlds leading outfits founded by the legendary mountain guide Rob Hall have 3 guides and a maximum of 9 clients. Two of the guides are Mike Roberts and Luis Benitez. Mike Roberts is an Everest summiter and has led expeditions to Aconcagua in South America, McKinley in Alaska, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Gasherbrum I & II in Pakistan, Cho Oyu in Tibet and Muztagh Ata in Western China. Luis Benitez has also guided around the world and is a 3-time Everest summiter.

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