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


 Current Nepal Time

Everest50 – May 20th: With a good part of group B, Jean-Michel reached camp II this morning. Then the news fell: the preceding weather forecasts are not valid any more. A sudden blow of bad weather is announced on Tibet these days, which according to flows', must pass very close to the Everest or pass more to north. If the storm follows the Himalayan chain, it is wind and snow which will settle with a ceiling close to the 10.000m on May 22nd.

But if luckily the episode passes 200 km more to North, then everything is possible. Since this morning, the clouds have quickly been formed on Nepal and Tibet side; it snowed large flakes from the base camp to camp III, teams’ mood is down. Everyone is tired by the two months of altitude. The date of return is near, and the questions are numerous, beginning all with "and if?."

Without weather certainty each one will follow the timing set up to meet Chomolangma knowing that perhaps half-turn will have to be made. This evening, the last contact with base camp suggested a spell of good weather… Everyone prays so that the winds confine this storm in the North.

Situation of group A: Régis went down from camp III with a member of another expedition who suffers from a cerebral edema; he was placed in a special box at camp II. Hugues and Daniel Blanchi are at camp III, Philippe, Guillaume and Dominique must join them during the day. The bad weather, the too heavy bags and tiredness took the better of the efforts of Laetitia and Jean-Marc to reach camp III; they are this evening at camp II.

Jean-Michel wants to climb to camp IV tomorrow morning. Departure at 4h30 with Serap, perhaps Laetitia, Régis and camp III group, they will warn from up there.

Group B: Maurice, as per his gastric troubles, stopped at camp 1. For the moment, Marcel, Gilles, Mario, Aude, Jean-Christophe, Brice, Jean-Christophe Van Waes and Basile wait at camp II.

If the bad weather is confirmed the possibility of a third group grows; Patrick Gabarrou, Patrick Berhault, Bruno Gallet, Eric Loizeau and Nicolas Mugnier would then try an ascent flash on 23 May, right before preparing luggage on Sunday morning May 25th to join Lukla.

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