International Everest 2002 Expedition
2002 Expedition Report May 15th, 2002 2:15PM Nepal
left Camp 3 at 6:20 am. The hike up from Camp 3 to
Camp 4 on the South Col took about 6 Ĺ hours. The
route is very steep, 60 degrees for much of it. We
all used bottled oxygen for most of the climb. Our
group was the first in line this morning, but you
should see the line now! There are about 80 people
on the fixed line heading to the South Col including
the Sherpas. Camp 4 will be packed when everyone
early afternoon and itís blistering hot with not
much wind here; the evening temps actually
arenít that bad in the tents (it gets a little
chilly). There is a lot of snow up higher and the
wind has really been blowing it around. One of
the teams attempting to summit today had to turn
around because it was so difficult breaking trail. Six
sherpas are going to head up there to break trail and
to fix lines to the South Summit. Thought I might go
up with them to help out.
team plans to start for the summit in about six hours,
which would be around 8 pm tonight. We are planning on
it taking around 9-10 hours to the top...
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