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Featured Expedition: 2003 American Ski Everest Expedition
Dispatch


Copyright©Jim Gile American Ski Everest 2003

Dispatch 36 part 1 (Transcribed from a satellite phone voice message, May 24th)

May 24th, American Ski Everest Expedition Dispatch: We are sitting here at ABC. Not much news to report except that the window we were hoping for has suddenly closed. And according to the Swiss weather report [Kari Kobler], the weather is supposed to be horrible until the end of the month. So we have to make some decisions as to what we are going to do.

That was a disappointment, but we kind of expected it. It has been a terrible, terrible weather season on Everest. We had a couple of more people needing help for frostbite injuries. We confirmed from the Swiss that just about every expedition that summited has at least a member that will lose one digit or two. Many toes on the feet. A nasty, nasty season. We are debating what we want to do. Whether we should stay another week or not. It is a gamble.

In other news, the Italian snowboarder snowboarded from the North Col twice. We did not get a chance to see him. He wanted to do the same thing that we skied, the ramp from 7600 meters, but conditions were too icy, too hard for snowboarding, so he did get 2 runs out of the North Col. So that was kind of interesting and that is about it.

Copyright©Jim Gile American Ski Everest 2003

We will get an extended forecast. Make some decisions and keep you informed. Mike…

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