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Mount Everest South Side Expedition
Adventure Consultants Everest 2003


 Current Nepal Time

Summit! but most of the group turn back...

AC group back at Sth Col : Just reported from Sth Col. 6.05pm Nepal time

The Adventure Consultants group have arrived back on Sth Col after a long day on the mountain. The group reached the Sth Summit this morning but the winds were already fierce by this time. Only one member of the expedition reached the summit, a Sherpa named Passang Tenzing, as he was ahead of the main AC group fixing ropes with a Sherpas from several teams.

The climbing party saw many people ahead of them on the ridge between the Sth Summit and the top of the Hillary step and realized that they would not be able to safely make the top and get down without exposing themselves to undue risk.

The weather conditions have deteriorated during the day with strong wind gusts on the upper mountain right now. Sometimes it takes more determination to turn around than to keep going higher. While we at the AC base are disappointed that the group did not reach their goal, we are very happy to see them back safely back at the col. Guy Cotter

Summit push!

Summit Push! The weather has improved, so it's a go! We plan on leaving shortly after 9 PM. Not as many team's at C4 tonight, but still good to be out front. Our gear's packed and now just hoping the weather holds for 18-24 hours. Wish us luck and continued good weather! AC team off to the summit - Bill

The previous update is below

May 21 C4 Waiting: It was a good decision to wait last evening, as the winds engulfed the upper mountain. We are patiently waiting and resting for the weather to change for tonight's attempt. Much of the day is spent like sardines in our tent on O's. I searched around the Col, a bit for artifacts without much success. The skies are thinning and we can see most of the upper mountain, so keeping our fingers crossed. Patiently resting at C4, 7,950m - Bill

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