Everest 2002 Expedition
a Ski Descent planned!
14 May 2002, Phone call from Jim at BC: Jim and Scott
are ending the expedition and returning to the USA and
home. They have already brought all their gear down
from Camp 1 and ABC to BC and are leaving today to
return to Kathmandu.
were a few reasons that went into their decision to
end the expedition. As I understand, some of them were
Jim's health (he had gotten very sick on the way into
BC and never recovered at the high altitude (21,000+
feet) of ABC) and he just simply ran out of strength
and willpower when he and Scott tried to get up to
Camp 2; Adrian leaving the expedition, resulting in
additional load carrying requirements to establish the
upper camps; and they felt they were running out of
time because of the time lost waiting for new
equipment to arrive to replace the equipment lost when
their Camp 1 was blown away. Scott tried to get up to
Camp 2 alone, but the wind was so strong it was
knocking him down.
one of the premier PC/Laptop manufacturers was
preparing to ship a brand new laptop to to the team
the same day as we received word Jim and Scott were
canceling the expedition. We do hope to work with them
again soon on another expedition and are most grateful
for their assistance. The company asked that we not
mention their name here at this time, but they have
officially offered to work with us in the future.
will have a better explanation of all the things that
happened to end the expedition when Jim and Scott
return to the USA. For now, we know most of you are as
disappointed as they are that the expedition did not
result in the team successfully making the summit of
Mt. Everest and Adrian not getting the chance to
attempt the first ski descent of the north face. We do
hope you have enjoyed reading about the expedition and
have enjoyed the pictures we were able to receive and
post before the original laptop failed.