2002 – Jerry Clark: Ben called last
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.