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Everest Video from Camp 4
12:51 p.m. EDT May 20, 2003
It is currently close to 11.00 PM in Nepal and it's time for the teams to put on the crampons, the oxygen gear and turn on the headlamps. Darkness has fallen and the teams should be heading up towards the summit any minute now. Check out a video of camp 4 and the wall leading up to the South Summit.

Camp 4 sits on a plateau resembling a moonscape. You are at the edge of the atmosphere and looking up the mountain, the sky turns a strange, dark blue color (check video). It is surely the closest you can get to space on earth.

Only a small climb above camp, you look down the Tibetan plateau with its vast brown plains, white glaciers and the other alpine giants - Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu - in the distance. It's all magic and unreal.

Yet, this is also the place were the media, fame and fun of BC definitely are gone. Only fear remains on everyone's faces. People don’t talk a lot. Resting in your tent, feeling weak already, you try to get some sleep as night falls outside. In a couple of hours you will start to put on your gear for the final part of the adventure - the summit push.

The wall towards the summit is steep and dark, you are in the death zone and you canīt help thinking that within the next 48 hours, there is a very real risk that you might not live.


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