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  Mt. Everest 2005: Dirk Stephan and Keith Woodhouse: Waiting on the weather is not much fun


Update: Gloom continues around BC. Weather forecasts differ considerably but none are very optimistic demonstrating the instability in the weather patterns and the model variations. Sherpas are also restless and last night there was nearly a major incident as they argued about who held the record for the fastest ascent from BC to Summit. Serge has gone into a deep depression, Luda has a cough which is getting her down. She believes she has caught it from our Liaison officer, a horrible little man who is either snoring like an Elephant with a blocked trunk or spitting sputum everywhere and especially outside Dirks old tent. I complained to Naga and they have now moved his tent away from me!!! Any more and he may find himself needing crevasse rescue techniques. For myself I'm fed up but not suicidal. I feel the end approaching and just need to hang on a few more weeks! My best guess is that we will make a start up the mountain on Sunday or Monday. The ice fall is becoming more unstable every day so crossing this will be a night job and there are very few people crossing it for exercise. Some of the avalanches in the night have been like earthquakes and I'm glad our camp is well away from the resulting debris.

 Dispatches

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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