8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005:
Hello again! First of all we apologize for the skipped cybercast of yesterday,
the last day of April. It's been quite busy up here at CII and we've had a bit
of unexpected setback in the schedule. On Friday afternoon one of our
strongest Sherpa, Chewang Nima, had intense pain in his abdomen and we
mobilized many of our Sherpa team to get him down the mountain. That meant
that our Sherpa team was out for a day that was originally planned for
finishing CIII. It turned out that Chewang was probably passing kidney stones
and that he will most likely come back up to CII tomorrow to again begin
carrying loads high on the mountain.
So it turns out today was the day to get our first group up to CIII. What a
day it is making the pull up to CIII. We just received the report that
everyone had arrived (after sunset) and they were settling in for the night.
The second group will leave CII tomorrow morning at 6 am en route to CIII
while the first group will return to CII. Willi and I will be taking the team
up tomorrow and Vern and Jose Luis are up at CIII now with the first team.
Vern had wanted to give a cybercast over the radio from CIII but he and the
team were totally occupied with getting settled for the short night.
So tomorrow the remaining team members are off for the biggest challenge of
the expedition so far. The move to CIII is very demanding but we also know it
is our last trip up before the summit push. And after the climb to CIII we get
the wonderful drop down to low elevation- a highlight to be certain.
We'll be in touch soon and we are thinking of everyone back home.
All the best,
Vern Tejas, Willi Prittie, Dave
Morton, Jose Luis Peralvo, and Lakpa Rita Sherpa will lead the Alpine Ascent
team on Everest this Spring. They will attempt the standard South East ridge
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