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.
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