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Featured Expedition: 2003 American Ski Everest Expedition
Dispatch


Copyright©Jim Gile American Ski Everest 2003

(Transcribed from 4 satellite phone voice messages, May19th)

Dispatch 32: The weather has gotten a lot better and the real effort of people moving up the mountain has really started, as people began their summit attempts....

current status: On the 20th, everybody is going to head up to the North Col. Then on the 21st, what we decided to do is divide the group into 2, Team 1 and Team 2.

Team 2 will make a carry up to approx 7500-7600 meters, with everything needed to establish that camp. And then when we come back after 2 or 3 days rest, for the summit bid. Team 1 will go to the Col, and go to that camp. Then we will have a tent and a couple of extra sleeping bags, food and fuel, we will alpine style up to 8000 meters maybe 8200 meters depends on what camps spots are up there.

In addition to that, tomorrow Jeremie, Steve and I will carry skis up to the North Col and while group 2 makes the carry up to camp 2, we are going to attempt to ski from 7500 meters, if conditions are ski able. We are not sure they will be.

The reason we decided to do it this way, is because we are more comfortable with the guys with more experience going high, at the same time giving the guys with less experience a chance to help the the team, by making the carry, getting as high as possible on the mountain and staying within the boundaries of safety. And then after we all go back down a rest for a few days, Team 1 will go up to the summit and then come back down and then group 2 will be able to make a summit attempt as well. So that is how it is panning out now. The weather is slowly getting better. There is just an unbelievable amount of people going up for their summit bids right now. I looked on the lower route and counted 30 people at one point, then I looked on the higher route and saw about another 30 people going up. So it is going to be real busy up there is the next few days.

Right now the weather is not good enough for a successful summit bid. But I think these people are hoping in the next 2-3 days the weather will clear up, and that is what the weather forecasts say.

Just lots and lots of people going up making their summit bids right now. Because we did not have the Sherpas like the other teams, we could not keep that schedule like those teams... [connection lost]

next call: another storm is expected on the 27th, the 24, 25, 26 appears like the window, but we will need to confirm that with the weather reports.  It is not blowing on top at this minute, we will see. Mike

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