8000 Meters Facts
Alpine Ascents Everest 2005:
moving below the South Summit
Update: June 2 Summit
Here’s the latest summit team sighting: We’ve just had a call from Dorje at
the South Col who reports that he can see the climbers moving below the South
Summit. It looks like they are doing well and definitely making good time. We
expect to get a call from the team when they actually reach the South Summit.
Dorje says it looks completely calm above, although they do have a slight
breeze at the South Col. Here at base camp it is perfectly calm.
About 4:30 we were treated to the sight of the crescent moon rising over the
West Shoulder of Everest. We can’t see the summit from base camp but this is
about as close as it gets to the moon rising right over Everest. Now at 5:00
the first sun is hitting the top of Pumori. We can’t wait for it to hit base
camp about 7:00 so we can warm up a little. We definitely have a beautiful
morning going here.
Next stop, South Summit!
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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