Dispatch: Hello everyone!
After a short lapse in coverage (there really wasn't anything to report...just
sitting around being anxious) I'm back with some new information.
After a radio call placed
last evening by one of our Sherpas, Boca Lama, Ben was at Camp 6. I missed the
call...I was at another camp and in the excitement failed to say which one so
I could not be found by the guys here. According to Boca, Lhawang said that
they had just had something hot to drink and that Ben was fast asleep wearing
his oxygen regulator. Camp 6 is at 8,300 meters and this is at an altitude
that only commercial jets fly in.
So, the information that they
were all in oxygen gear is really positive, because it means that they will
remain strong for their summit push today. This morning has been very clear,
the Mountain has been shining in the bright sun, but clouds are beginning to
roll inn over the summit. Not to worry, if the plan has held, then Ben & Co.
have been walking for many hours up the long North East Ridge towards the
summit. It's always hard to tell about these things, but if the schedule is
held, then they could summit from anywhere between now and the next 2 or 3
hours. Again, as I've always told you, this is at best speculation. However,
there were actually quite a few climbers who were able to summit yesterday
(including Boca Lama's younger brother, with the HMI team from India!). Most
of them summitted within a band of hours in the late morning, so we can figure
it will be a similar situation today.
That's all the info I have at
this moment. Stay tuned! Jon