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Everest South Side Expedition: Everest 50
The fiftieth anniversary expedition. (French)


 Current Nepal Time

Tuesday May 13th The last trekkers left this morning. For Jean-Michel, the experiment of the radio operator yesterday evening on France Inter was quite different from the environment of the base camp: there "it was strange and moving at the same time the two of us piled up in this small tent in the middle of the night and the stone bump of Khumbu and to hear the voices so far and yet so close".

A few days more before leaving towards the summit. The favorable forecasts weather of Yann are maintained for 19th  and on May 21st . For group A, the appointment is given on May 18th  in the evening at the Southern col (camp IV, close to 8000m).

According to each one strategies', the ascent will be done into two, three or four days. Which means that as of Thursday 15, those which will make stages in four days will have to endorse their bag and take the way towards the summit. For the group B, meeting on May 20th , same hour, same place.

As for the groups, in theory nothing changes, but for Aude and Laetitia who by mutual agreement inverted their place. Régis, the doctor, will belong to group A and Francois, of the medical team, will settle at camp II for the check-up of those who try the ascent. While waiting, the days pass at Lobuche for Brice, Jean-Christophe, Patrick Berhault, Patrick Gabarrou, Gilles, Daniel Blanchi, Guillaume, and at Dingboche for Bruno, Eric and Nicolas. The remainder of the troop is concentrated under the mess tent, playing interminable games of Scrabble or reading, with from time to time the news of a successful top: Lhotsé was reached this time by an indo-nepalese expedition.

Wednesday May 14th , 2003

E-mail from Jean-Michel: "Hi to all, a little snow yesterday evening and it is likely to still fall this evening. The mornings are beautiful at the base camp but the wind still reigns as a Master on the goddess. All the expeditions are trying to know which one will give the first step. The forecasts weather are more precise.

Until yesterday I thought of launching the first group on the 19th to the summit, but it is possible that this occurs the 20th  and the 22nd  for the second group, which will require a rigorous preparation since we must leave the base camp the 25th  in the morning, last delay. I await two more bulletins weather from Yann, this evening and tomorrow, to take the decision. It is thus always waiting, very difficult for the mood, there is in addition a virus of gastro around here, after Jean-Christophe it is Laetitia who is stuck to it but the doctors are making a good job and will put her in a good shape in a very short time. No great deal to told, all the team-members who were in the valley go up, I should have the complete team tomorrow during the day. Different expeditions, among them ours, get organized so that the Sherpas open the way until the southern top the day before the attempt. It is necessary to know how to wait in serenity, not to get down. We thinks of you who are at the job. If you express for our retirements, do not hesitate to express for a few days without wind!

Dispatches

 





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