This is Phil Crampton reporting for the SummitClimb Everest-Tibet
Expedition 2007. Yesterday, April 6, we arrived at ABC, Advanced Base Camp. We
were scheduled to arrive here on April 3, but unfortunately the CTMA had
changed some of the rules involving the Yaks and we had to wait an extra three
days down at Base Camp. Presently, there’s only us and the Chinese groups at
ABC and the weather is extremely windy and extremely cold.
On our arrival we could see a trail from the foot of the Col to the top and
we believe the Chinese have already fixed the route up to the Camps. Tomorrow
we’re going to go and investigate and possibly carry loads and establish Camp
1 with Yun Dan, Gongga and myself. Arnold and the group arrived at Base Camp
on the 5th. Everybody’s in good health and they’re enjoying some cheerful good
acclimatization days down there and they’ll be heading up to ABC interim camp
and then ABC in the next five to seven days.
My last dispatch was cut short due to technical problems. I said that the
Xinjiang Beer Tent was a 20 minute walk from our Base Camp tent. It is about a
30 to 40 minute return journey.
Summitclimb Everest North Tibet 2007
Hello everyone! Thank you for following our expedition. This is
Ben Stuckey reporting for the Summitclimb Everest North
2007 team. We are currently in Nyalam, Tibet situated at the base of the
Tibetan Plateau at 12,100'or 3800m. Since our last report the entire Everest
North team has made our way from Kathmandu and we have entered Tibet/China.
The border crossing from Nepal into Tibet/China went very well and there were
no major problems. Some of our members were still missing baggage that never
arrived in Kathmandu. The great news is that all missing luggage and climbing
gear has made it safely to us here in Nyalam.
Today was a rest and acclimitization day so myself and a few
other members went for a stroll up to 14,300'or 4400m where we caught our
first glimpse of Shishapangma the 14th highest peak in the world standing just
over 8000 meters high. The plan for the next few days is for the team to
travel across the Tibetan Plateau to the small town of Tingri located at
14,100'or 4200m. We will spend 2 days there so as to allow our bodies to adapt
to the increasingly thin air. From there we will finish the final portion of
the 1st stage of our journey to climb Mount Everest. We will slowly make our
way to basecamp located at 17300'or 5200m. We will send our next dispatch from
there in 3 days time. Every team member is doing well, feeling great and
having fun. Thank you for following our climb to the
top of the world.
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