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(Transcribed from satellite phone voice message left
1:07 AM, May 9, 2003 )
21,300 feet May 9, 2003: One last day in Camp II … we
night we decided to push our summit attempt back one
day on news that our friends in the Indo-Nepalese
expedition were doing the same. The 11th had been a
borderline day for weather and a few logistical
problems remain to be resolved. The 12th seems to be a
popular day, and many teams are scheduled to make the
ascent. While our group prefers a bit less traffic,
our small size prohibits us from attempting the summit
Nothing is harder for us to endure than an unplanned
rest day, especially one at this stage of the climb.
Most of the rest day distractions of books, cards and
music were left at Base Camp. Now, each of us is left
only with our thoughts and it is hard not to dwell on
the next three days of anticipated agony.
I did bring a pen and a small
pad of paper, and have been occupying myself by writing “Top Five” lists (as
we are way too high for a “Top Ten”) … “Top Five Art Exhibitions,” …“Top Five
Meals,” …“Five Most useful Pieces of Climbing Gear,” … things like that.
So I will close with my “Top
Five Books for an Expedition:”
1) Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
2) Don Quixote – (Book One only)
– Miguel De Cervantes
3) Jailbird – Kurt Vonnegut
4) A Prayer for Owen Meany –
5) Captain’s Verses – Pablo
Tomorrow? Camp III?
Update May 9th in Nepal about 9:05
PM: Charlie just called and said that the weather
indeed was turning bad, as the “GOOD” forecasts had
indicated it would. He also mentioned that
Sean Burch was
being interviewed on CNN at 10:30 EDT today.
He will stay at Camp2
tonight and then reevaluate in the morning.