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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, May18th)

Dispatch 31:  In addition to the dispatch I left earlier today. We just got out of a meeting with Kari Kobler of the Swiss expedition. He is our weather man. He has given the advise to hold tight on the 19th, and then start working the mountain on the 20th and 21st. We are going to put in a [inaudible] camp at 7900 meters.

The good news is that for the first time in any of our weather forecasts, on the 26th and 27th the weather people are predicting  virtually zero wind on the summit of Mt Everest. So this is a typical  window you would expect 2-3 times in a season on Mt Everest. So far this season, we have not received any! He said they winds will be dieing down tomorrow.

So our plan is then to move up on the 20th. We will carry the ski gear up to the North Col, then we will make a carry up to camp 7900. See what the ski conditions are. That will be our acclimatization. We don't want to spend any time up there, because we don't have the ability to go back down to base camp to rest. So we are just going to make a run up there, then come back down for a couple of days at ABC. We are keeping our figures crossed. [inaudible]

Mike called back again.  [He discussed Brice's plan, but we know Russ like to keep his plans private and we are going to try and honor that request. However look for several teams to go with Brice as people figure out he has the best available weather information. Of course, we all must remember they are forecasts.]

Other climbers report that the Japanese actually made it to the second step yesterday but had to turn around due to the high winds. A lot of people are going to head up tomorrow.

Just to confirm Kari's weather forecast, I got a good friend who is a pilot in the US, who did a weather forecast, and it is "spot on". Mike

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