Update: June 2 South
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
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 –
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.
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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