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Mount Everest South Side Expedition
Adventure Consultants Everest 2003


 Current Nepal Time

17:20 19 May 2003 AC EVEREST EXPEDITION 2003: The high winds, which scoured Mt Everest earlier in the season, have abated and in the last few days climbers from all over the globe have moved up the mountain, poised for their summit attempts.

The Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition 2003 is being led by Everest veteran and mountain guide, Bill Crouse of Breckenridge in Colorado. The expedition members are following the same route as climbed by Sir Edmond Hillary and his team 50 years ago when they made the historic first ascent. The AC team is climbing to the South Col where they will stay the night and prepare to climb to the summit tomorrow.

The team of eight, consists is made up of three Americans, an Australian and five Nepalese climbing Sherpa. Over the last 5 weeks the climbers have been acclimatising on the lower mountain progressively moving previsions higher up the mountain to establish four camps above base camp.

Satellite telecommunications allow ease of messages between the climbing team and Adventure Consultants base in Wanaka, New Zealand. In the cold hours before the sun warmed his tent on the steep face, Crouse climbed out of his tent to call company director Guy Cotter at the company head quarters.

In an update on progress, Crouse said; “It’s a little bit windy up here”, “ the weather was perfect here last night until about three o’clock when it got a bit blustery”

“We are all about to leave and every ones’ feeling pretty good. I can see the Sherpas coming up the ropes from (camp) 2. They’re about half an hour below us”

The climbing team will take most of the day to reach camp four on south col from there they will stage their summit bid.  Everest is no stranger to the group, if the climb is successful, Crouse will have been to the top three times and esteemed climbing Sherpa, Ang Dorjee will have been to the top of the world nine times!

According to Crouse there were some teams planning to summit last night but he hadn’t heard any news. As yet no climbers have reached the 8850m summit this season from the South due to severe weather over the last couple of weeks.  Guy Cotter

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