Group 2 members, Stefen and Yen
Kai, left this morning for Camp 2 with expedition leaders Robert and Edwin.
Their target summit date was (at that time) May 31, as group 1 members Lndley
and Ernest had decided to summit the day before.
They arrived at about 1pm, in
good time and good spirits.
A team of Sherpas from
several expeditions had assembled at Camp 2 to prepare to fix the ropes to the
During a meeting in the
afternoon, it transpired that they may be fixing the ropes only on May 30.
That put paid to Group 1's summit plan. A decision was then made that they
would wait and postpone their summit date to May 31, which meant moving Group
2's date to June 1.
Frustrated as everyone was,
it is important to remember not to let impatience affect the team's judgment.
The weather forecasts have been predicting better weather for early June.
Khong Lean decided to get
some exercise and trekked to the bottom of Lhotse Face. There, he encountered
strong winds, and some climbers who had hoped to summit early, turning back
from Camp 3 to Camp 2.
Patience has its rewards.
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