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Ben called Friday morning and said that they were planning on moving up the mountain to make the final assault on the summit.  He said they planned to leave for Camp 2 at 21,500 feet on Saturday (Friday night USA).  The plan is to move straight to Camp 3 at 23,600 feet on Sunday, (Saturday night USA) Camp 4 at 24,500 feet Monday, (Sunday night USA) and Summit 26,788 feet on Tuesday (Monday night USA).  He said he would check in daily.

This morning we heard from him again.  They made Camp 2 at 21,500 feet safely.  The sky was clear and weather was good.  This should allow them to go on to Camp 3 at 23,600 tonight.  We will update you as we receive information from him.

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He plans to call into our local Clarksville AM radio station, 1400 WJZM, Monday morning at 7:45AM CST 6:30PM on Dhaulagiri. He will talk to Hank Bonecutter live on the air.  For those of you in Clarksville, you might want to listen.  At that time, if the plan goes well, it will be early evening and they should be at Camp 4 - getting ready to assault the summit. They will be leaving early the next morning to summit.  They will be at extreme altitude when he calls in so he told me to ask Hank not to ask him too many difficult questions!  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and they will make the summit.  This should be a very exciting time for all of them.

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