Gile American Ski Everest 2003
(Transcribed from satellite phone voice message)
American Ski Everest Expedition...
We are at still at ABC, and thank
God for it! The storm forecast has come though and
like never before, according to the people who has
been at ABC on the North side of Everest. If we would
have not been here at ABC, our "ABC" would probably
not still be here at this time.
There is a hand full of other camps
have been blown to "bits"! 2 Days ago the winds
started by blowing 60-70 mph down the glacier.
We secured down our camp according. Then late
Saturday, the winds started up the glacier. The
same exercise and velocity as before, but in the other
direction. Just bizarre.
We have used all of our climbing
ropes, webbing, shoe strings, everything to secure our
tents. We have build rock walls, tied all our gear
down. So far it has paid off. Others are not so lucky.
A team next to us lost all their entire base; gear,
jackets, packs, everything; it was just blown
An Italian team doe not appear to
have lost much gear, but their base tents are
Up higher there is all kinds of busy
bodies, working to try to keep what they have intact.
It is not that dangerous at this point, but terribly
unnerving. It is a consistent battle to keep the base
tents together and taped.
The wind gusts we are experiencing
are bizarre winds shears, that come down on the tops
of the tents, straight down, like someone is putting
their hand on the top of the tent and pushing down.
As far as out sleeping tents, we
have NORTH FACE V 25's and 45's and Himalayan Hotels.
They are "totally bomber", thank goodness.
We noticed a couple of tents got
blown down the North Col. We can just hope those were
not ours. We do have a couple of North Face V 45 tents
up there with some of our gear and stuff. You can see
some tents just hanging out there in nowhere.
Obviously, someone lost some gear and stuff.
Hopefully, all is well up there for us.
Here we sit. We will be here and we
will be ready to go when this moves out of here.
Apparently, this is very usual, high winds with blue
skies; it is just the wind.
We are just glad we are here to make
sure everything has been kept intact. Mike