(Transcribed from satellite telephone voice message
received May 17, 2003 at 8:43 AM)
21,300 feet May 17, 2003
we have landed back in Camp II. The weather reports
still vary extensively and we continue to watch them
all closely. I won’t make any predictions on the
summit day at this point, but will say that we are
heading that direction as soon as possible.
climb to Camp II today was absolutely delightful!
Psang began our morning with monster omelets and his
own home-made bread. After breakfast, which finished
around 4:30, he made an offering on our small Base
Camp altar, said a few prayers for us and light a
bundle of Juniper for good luck. Psang has become a
good friend these last months and I could honestly
feel that he wants us to make the summit every bit as
much as we do.
Dr. Huss and I rendezvoused
in the Icefall, finally finding the time to do some climbing together. I felt
like a senior on the last day of school, as we snapped photos and stopped to
talk with all of the friends we have made here. The bazaar weather has really
brought all of the teams together and most of us are now just rooting for
anyone to make the Summit. If just one person makes the Summit in these
conditions, it will be a great victory for all of us.
The hike up the Cwm into Camp
II has a great view of the Southeast Ridge and the Summit. Today was quite a
sight as winds form 60 to 80 miles per hour blasted the Ridge blowing large
clouds of snow and ice into the air. The winds remained low on the glacier
and our only hardship came with high temperatures this noon and a bit of snow
What’s next? Only Mother