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IMG Mount Everest Expedition 2003
South Side (Nepal) Dispatch 18 and 19


Dispatch 18: The IMG South side expedition, led by guides Dave Hahn and Ben Marshall, with climbers Gary Johnson and David Pierce-Jones, is now on their way back up to ABC for their second summit attempt, and is hoping to summit in about 4 days. A few days ago, Dave decided to come back to Base Camp for rest and reorganization, after their first attempt was thwarted by bad weather and general chaos on the upper mountain. They will be joined on their climb by five of their seven climbing Sherpas. Two of their Sherpas will start pulling down the lower camps, so as to expedite their departure as soon as their summit attempt concludes. Despite that IMG's 75 day climbing permit doesn't expire until June 5, the SPCC, which charged each South side expedition $2500 for Icefall maintenance, has threatened to stop maintaining the Icefall route, a potentially dangerous situation.  Fortunately for all the climbers and Sherpas from various expeditions who are still climbing on the mountain, the Ministry of Tourism has been able to assist by getting the SPCC to agree to keep the Icefall open. Eric Simonson IMG

Dispatch 19 May 27, 2003: Deirdre Galbraith reports that the IMG team moved from ABC to Camp 3 today in 4.5 hours, a good time.  They are currently ensconced at Camp 3 and getting ready for bedtime.  Their plan remains to move to the South Col on the 28th, and try for the summit on the 29th.  The Sherpa team moved to ABC today from Base Camp, and will move to the South Col tomorrow to meet the climbers there in the afternoon. Eric Simonson

A climber making a ladder crossing in the Khumbu Icefall.

Photo: Eric Simonson Collection

The expedition is organized by Eric Simonson IMG Expeditions

Dispatches

Eric Simonson, veteran expedition leader, Everest Summiter, author and motivational speaker. To book Eric

 





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