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  Mt. Everest 2005: Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse: The avalanche at camp and trying to get news...


Update 5/04/2005: Main discussion and attention has been to get reliable information about the avalanche on Mt Everest. Communications is basically word of mouth and initial reports were that camp 3 had been wiped out. A very credible story given its position and doubly worrying as two of our climbers were there at the supposed time. As it turns out it looks like it is camp 1 that has been all but destroyed. This is very hard to comprehend given its position in the middle of the Cym with huge Cravass above and below. Reports suggest only injuries with no deaths so that is great but constant flow of helicopters up and down the valley suggests some problems. This is my last rest day and will start two day trek back to BC tomorrow, stopping only at Lobuche on the way. Still praying for a break in the weather around the 15th. Watching the traffic past the lodge is fascinating!

The wheel has not been invented here or at least has no place!! Everything no matter what is carried by human or Yak. In fact save the helicopters there is no mechanisation of any sort above Lukla. The only exception to this are the prayer wheels which are sometime driven by water. Typical load's for each Sherpa would make most westerners squeal. Yesterday I saw two young boys each carrying 4 sheets of 8*4*1/2 ply. Will have to sign off now until basecamp now as PDA Battery is nearly flat. Please keep your fingers crossed for the break we need in the weather to make our final assault.

[Editorial Note: Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse are on an Asian Trekking permit for independent climbers.]

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Background

Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse, a small German/English team of two will attempt Everest in Spring of 2005 via the normal southeast ridge route. Keith is in his fifties, Dirk 39. "Both of us have extensive mountaineering experience, I am in a lifetime project of the seven summits, already started with Kilimanjaro, 20 years ago. My expeditions have been self organized whenever possible. I soloed Aconcagua and Elbrus - if you can call it this way on this beaten tracks. Everest and Carstensz are still missing. Keith and me climbed Denali together the year before. Keith works for British Telecom as Manager Global Solutions. I am Pilot for a German Charter Company. My aim is to support a cancer charity. This has a personal background, as my wife has cancer herself and I am greatly involved in researching things and supporting people with the same fate. Everest is a good opportunity to raise funds things like this. Every support is welcome!"

 

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