Gile American Ski Everest 2003
(Transcribed from satellite phone voice message)
American Ski Everest Expedition:
Dispatch 13, this is Mike. Phase 2 began with a 6 1/2
hour 4000 feet 14 mile trek from base camp to ABC. At
this point, all teams are still using the intermediate
camp for this leg of the journey. However, it presents
a problem in that the yaks are too expensive and too
hard to organize, so the job falls on the backs of the
Sherpas. Because we don't have Sherpas, we decided we
would just eliminate that camp. As we become better
acclimated, this trek will become easier. But to go
that 4000 vertical feet to that 21000 feet camp in one
push for the first time was a real smoker. We were
glad we already had 2 nights at 21000, without that in
would not have been safe, or it might not have been
But here we are, April 21st, and the
group with the exception of Tim
and Roger Gocking are ready to start making hauls up
to the North Col. Carlson has been plagued with a cold
and now a stomach bug, so he stayed back at base camp
to try to get better. Roger should be up today, as he
did not want to make the trek in cold weather that we
had yesterday. We opted for cold trekking rather than
hot. Plus most of us just wanted to get out of base
camp. The camp is very windy, plus we just wanted to
ABC is at the foot of
the [inaudible....] and the
north ridge of Mt. Everest and has seen its share of
wind. But we are now in our own tents and although
2100 feet is high, it is nice to be in position to get
Most of the other
teams stay at ABC for the duration, because most teams
are scared of that trek from base camp to ABC. That
trek from base camp to ABC is a very difficult trek.
We will definitely head down to base camp a few times.
It is a long trek, but it is low altitude relative to
ABC, and it is good training to prepare us for the
long days ahead on the mountain.
Today is April 26th,
and I will give another dispatch (14) soon. You can
expect dispatch 14 in 12 to 24 hours.
Update 4/25/2003: Mike called! We
are headed down to BC. We had a great 4 days up on the
mountain. There is a storm brewing...
We will get you caught up tomorrow
when we get down to BC!