May 18 Camp Ii
Sitting in the relative comfort of the tent that I am sharing with Dave, we
both start talking about the possibilities we have for our summit attempt.
Yesterday, the team left basecamp to move all the way up to Camp 2. When we
passed Camp 1, we could observe the remains of the big avalanche that
destroyed it . It took us 12 hours of a continuous push, to reach Camp 2. It
was a long day for all of us. After checking in, we had dinner and not long
afterwards, we were all in collision course with our sleeping bags.
we saw a huge plume coming from the Everest summit. The wind was roaring up
high. Not a good indication. Willi confirmed us the bad news in the afternoon:
the weather forecasts are pessimistic for the upcoming days, the jet stream
will be hitting Everest with strong winds and very low temperatures. We have
no other choice but to retrace our steps towards basecamp. If we spend several
days at this elevation waiting for the weather to improve, the altitude will
take its toll on us. We will deteriorate. So to avoid the later, we will be
descending to basecamp tomorrow in order to spend a few days down there before
returning up weatherwise.
weather to improve and thinking of you all back home.
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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