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  Mt. Everest 2005: Alpine Ascents Everest 2005:  Vernon Tejas and David Liano are pushing up to Camp 4 at the South Col


Update: May 29 Camp II
    
Well, the hard-headed contingent are still here at Camp 2 waiting it out for the (hopefully not) bitter end. Vernon Tejas and David Liano are pushing up to Camp 4 at the South Col today after a good night at Camp 3. They report only moderate winds, but just above all the climbers heading up today is a nature photographers dream of bizarre lenticular cloud forms, always changing. These types of clouds always mean high winds and bad weather. As the afternoon has progressed, the winds have dropped and the clouds have dissipated and the latest news is that they will attempt the summit tonight.

The rest of us will be headed up tomorrow to Camp 3 to follow in their trail. Our primary weather forecast source, Michael Fegan, is very optimistic of dropping winds for June 2 and 3. So, that is the final hope of getting a crack at the summit for the rest of us. Beyond that date the warming temperatures at Base Camp and above are going to make the Khumbu Icefall increasingly dangerous, especially for our hardworking and dedicated Sherpa staff who will be cleaning the mountain of our gear and garbage after us. Warming temperatures mean ice and snow anchors melt out more quickly which makes the fixed safety ropes and ladders we rely upon less reliable, not to mention the increased risk of icefall (ice avalanche) as the glacier's movement speeds up in response to warmer weather. We have established a firm end date of June 5 for everyone and everything to be back at Base Camp for this reason.
So, here we go. . .

Mostafa Mahoud of Jordan has also left the expedition to head home. I decided that the risk to his health from his developing stomach ulcer too great for him to remain at high altitude any longer. We have a special note to King Abdullah of Jordan. I would personally like to thank the Jordanian royal family (his sponsor), as well as all the Jordanian people following his progress. Not only is Mostafa a good climber and excellent team member, but he is a wonderful human being and I feel privileged to now call him my friend. Mostafa: The mountain will always be here; you just make sure you will be too.

Willi Prittie, May 29, Camp 2

Dispatches

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 route.

GUIDE STAFF (BIOS)

Lakpa Rita Sherpa
Senior Guide & Sirdar

Vern Tejas
Senior Guide

Willi Prittie
Senior Guide

Dave Morton
Senior Guide

Jose Luis Peralvo
Senior Guide

Ellie Henke
Base Camp Manager
CLIMBERS

Nigel Clark

Esther Colwill

Ron Farb

Kevin Grant

Cathy Groninger

Kent Groninger

Mostafa Mahmoud

Jeanne Stawiecki

Dianette
Strange-Wells

Tony Van Marken

David Liano

Danielle Fisher

 

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