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GreatOutdoors: Veikka summits Cho Oyu, Jimmy suffers Cerebral Edema
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Apr 25, 2005 19: 30 EST
"Hi everyone, it's Ed Viesturs It's April 23, good morning and all three of us are safe and sound at base camp. I didn't do a dispatch yesterday because things were a little bit squirrely," dispatched Ed to GreatOutdoors.com.

Well, the guys had us all worried for a while. Turns out, they had a tough summit push. Only 15 minutes into the climb, it was clear that Jimmy was not well.

"We made the decision to get him down as fast as possible." The team decided Ed would help Jimmy down whilst Veikka would continue up, as Ed has already summited Cho Oyu twice. Veikka reached the summit at 11 in the morning, in very very windy conditions.

Ed continues his dispatch on the site: "I descended back to camp with Jimmy, I administered medications for cerebral edema to Jimmy, we warmed him up a little bit and once the sun rose a little higher we packed up our gear and throughout the course of the day Jimmy and I came all the way back to base camp."

Today, all three are safe in BC and the yaks will arrive tonight. Next up; Annapurna!

Ed Viesturs 45, lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington with Wife Paula, son Gilbert (7), and daughters Ella (4), and Anabel (5 months). He has summited 13 of the 14 8000ers, all without oxygen. Only Annapurna remains. He has six ascents of Everest, 3 times without supplementary oxygen, and Cho Oyu twice.

Last year, Ed summited Everest for the sixth time together with Veikka Gustafsson, David Breashears, Robert Schauer, Jimmy Chin, Amy Bullard and seven climbing Sherpa's. Ed was co-expedition leader (with David Breashears) of an Everest film project for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures.

This year, Ed and Veikka share route and climbing permit on Annapurna with Iñaki Ochoa, Nives Meroi, Romano Benet, Luca Vuerich, and German Peter Guggemos who will attempt Annapurna’s north side after Dhaulagiri. The climbers might be working together on the mountain if all reach BC simultaneously, which might not be an easy feat.

Ed and Veikka will drive back from Cho Oyu (Tibet) to Kathmandu, and then get a helicopter there to fly out to Annapurna BC in Nepal. The climbers did the Annapurna trek in 2000 - this year they need to maintain their Cho Oyu acclimatization and for that reason, they will fly to Anna BC, instead of walking there.

Image of another climb courtesy of edviesturs.com.

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