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  Mt. Everest 2005: Alpine Ascents Everest 2005: June 2 South Summit 6:30am


Update: June 2 South Summit 6:30am
    
Climbing update: The first climbers have arrived at the South Summit, with Tony and two sherpas a little bit behind. They are not taking much of a break at the South Summit and are continuing directly on to the Hillary Step. The weather is still good with only a light breeze. So summit time is near. Stay tuned.

Also, so you all have an idea of how this team is doing, here are some figures from previous years:

South Col to the Balcony usually takes between 6 and 7 hours:
2000 the climbers left the S. Col at 9:40 pm and arrived at the Balcony about 4:40 am – 7 hours.
2002 The first group of climbers left the S. Col at 8:00pm, the second group left at 10:00 pm. And we got a radio call from the Balcony at 2:45am – call it between 5 and 6 hours.
2003 the first group left at 9:30, the second group left at 11:00pm, but no call from the Balcony.
2004 they left the S. Col at 10:00pm and called from the Balcony at 4:40 – 6:40 hours.
2005 – First summit team on May 30-31 left the S. Col at 11:15pm and called from the Balcony at 7:30am - about 8 hours.
2005 - Second summit team on June 1-2 left the S. Col at 9:30pm and called in from the Balcony at 3:00am - 6:30 hours.

In order to get the South Summit news out I will continue with the climbing times from previous years in the next cybercast while we are waiting for the team to do the traverse.

Ellie

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
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David Liano

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