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Featured Expedition: 2003 American Ski Everest Expedition
Dispatch


Copyright©Jim Gile American Ski Everest 2003

(Transcribed from a satellite phone voice message, May 18th)

Dispatch 30:  It is May 18th and this is the dispatch. We spent May 17th heading from base camp to ABC. We took a nice leisurely walk. This is pretty much it for us. This is the last time we will be up here, so we did not push the envelope as far as stressing ourselves out.

The weather was as nice as it has been on the trip. It was a very nice hike, although I don't care how acclimated your are, or how fit you are, that is a total butt-kicker.

So today we are just hanging out. The plan is to start moving up to the North Col tomorrow and start working the mountain. [inaudible] This morning we are in the thick of a pretty good wind storm here. I have not seen many people moving up to the North Col. I did see a few people early this morning. I have not seen any people moving up the snow ramp to camp 2.

It is really blowing up there, it is really gusting. It is really the same stuff, just not as intense as 2 weeks ago or whenever it was. Intense and bitterly cold. So hopefully the weather forecast comes though. We are up here to try to work the mountain in the first window which is forecasted to start today and run though the 22nd. So we are planning to moving up tomorrow.

The weather forecast also says there is a really good window on the 27th. So we are up here until at least then. The summit window will put us on our summit bid starting from ABC on the 24th.

We are keeping our figures crossed. It is just a windy windy season. [inaudible] Hoping it pans out. We are trying to relax and rehydrate, and stay focused, and we will see what happens,. We will let us know. We are going to get another updated weather forecast today.

We will check back tonight. So that is it. Everyone is here, everybody is healthy. We spent about 12 days at base camp. SO we lost some acclimatization, people had rough nights sleeping. Hoping we will get caught up on the acclimation. We are still going to give it 110%. We are still focused. We will stay in touch. Mike

Mike, called back is here.

Highlight: Other climbers reported to them "that the Japanese actually made it to the second step yesterday but had to turn around due to the high winds."

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