International Everest 2002 Expedition
2002 Expedition Report May 6th, 2002
We’re back in Basecamp after a long trip up high.
Jason, Jack and I just returned from Camp 3 at almost
24,000 ft. after spending 2 nights there. It was great
trip up, with good weather and everyone moving well.
We all feel tired, but well acclimatized. Now we’re
ready to focus on the summit!
is back at Basecamp now also after some rest down low
and feels good to go up for some acclimatization. So
he and I will go direct to Camp 2 tomorrow morning
where he will spend a few days, then go up to Camp 3
for a night and hopefully be ready to join us for our
summit bid next week.
rest of our team plans to take some R and R down
in one of the lower villages before starting
back up for the top. We need to recharge our
batteries as spending so much time up extremely
high takes a lot out of everyone.
the teams on the mountain are either completing
their final acclimatization trips or have
already done so. Now it’s a matter of waiting
for a good forecast to put together a summit
push. This requires a lot of coordination to
carry all the supplies to Camp 4 at the South
Col and fix lines above, then allow time for all
the summit team Sherpas to rest up. Finally
we’ll plan the schedule to reach Camp 2, where
we’ll remain for a couple days, before moving
up to Camps 3, 4 and the top!
strategy calls for us to start using oxygen for
sleeping as soon as we arrive back at Camp 3.
The following day we’ll climb to the South Col
where we’ll meet our Sherpa summit support
team. We will try to get some rest there and
hydrate with hot drinks; then we’ll leave that
night for the summit.
now all the teams are trying to get equipment, food
and O2 to the South Col. With some intermittent bad
weather it’s not an easy task. Today almost 60
Sherpas started for the S. Col, although the weather
changed for the worse mid day, everyone is ok. Now
we’re trying to coordinate efforts to get some fixed
lines in to the summit. We need to have lines fixed up
to the balcony, and onto the south summit. We plan to
have 2 or 3 Sherpas up a day or two before we will
arrive at the S Col, to fix line as far as possible.
It seems a lot of groups are starting to look towards
the middle of May for summit attempts. We are planning
to first get all loads to the S Col, then allow some
rest for all. At that point we will be looking towards
weather forecasts for an idea when will be best.
present our priority is R and R (rest and rehydration),
good food, showers, laundry and preparing ourselves
for the summit! Things are winding up, so we'll see
what happens as next week draws closer.
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