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Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002

April 26, 2002 Jerry Clark: Ben called last night.  They are at Camp 2 at 19,000 feet.  At the present time he said they are having a "McKinley Storm". (Last year on McKinley, Ben, Robert Link and others were stuck for 7 days in a high wind/snow storm at 19,000 feet) Two feet of snow had fallen Thursday night (Nepal time).  It was still snowing and windy.  He said everyone was doing fine and that they were going to wait out the storm for another two days before doing anything if it continues.  After two days, they will move down.  They don't have enough food and supplies with them, so they must re-supply.  He said the solar chargers were useless in the storm - no sun. They left all computers at Base camp, so no e-mails will originate from the Camps, but he will call in a verbal dispatch each morning (Nepal time, night here) if battery power allows. I will keep you updated until he can return to the computer. He has his camera, so pictures will be available later.  Camp 3 has been partially put together, but not finished enough to move up.  They are concerned about the upcoming monsoon season and speculate that they need to wrap this up in the first week in May to avoid further weather complications.
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Lindsay got home fine and seems now to be back on US time.  Her family is in East Tennessee today.   They have all gone to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where they have a relative that is a preacher.  Her brother's wedding was planned for late May. They decided to move it up so Jane could attend.  The marriage will take place today.  Good luck and God bless them.  Please remember their entire family in your prayers.

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