Consultants Everest Expedition 2002
14 May: 2.00pm Nepal time.
Yes, we've just heard from the group at C3. They
report being in good spirits having taken a
leisurely 5 hours from Camp 2 in cloudy, sometimes
snowing, warm temperatures.
at C3 the weather has cleared and they can see the
impressive panorama including Cho Oyu, Gyachang Kang
and the summit of Pumori which is below them now.
All the team are feeling strong and are looking
forward to the rest before heading up tomorrow to
Dorjee and Chuldim Sherpa are now at South Col with
the intention of fixing ropes above the col tomorrow
with several Sherpas from other expeditions. Ours is
one of a small group of expeditions here who are
doing the majority of the rope fixing on the
mountain. Disappointingly there are others who are
more content to have the work done for them!
Nonetheless we are happy to see the work completed
in preparation for our summit bid, only two days
Crouse (AC's lead guide) reports about 80 people
going up the ropes today. Some will be climbing
Sherpa dropping loads at the col and it appears that
at a rough guess, 40 or so are westerners. Some of
these climbers are heading to Lhotse so we believe
that about 20-30 will be attempting Everest at the
same time as our group. Not an unreasonable number.
at base camp we wait... we will send updates
regularly now as we head towards summit time. Report
by Guy Cotter.