International Everest 2002 Expedition
2002 Expedition Report May 18th, 2002
Camp, Mt. Everest: Yahoo! Were all back safe in base
camp after a successful climb of Mt. Everest. Everyone
is very excited and the feeling in base camp is total
euphoria after 54 climbers from several different
teams summited on the 16th of May.
all managed to hit the weather just about perfect,
moving up to Camp 2 from base camp on the 12th, then
spent another day acclimatizing and relaxing before
going up to Camp 3 on the 14th, then to the South Col
(Camp 4) on the 15th, leaving for the top actually at
10pm on the 15th, climbing through the night and
reaching the summit at 10.20 am.
|| In our group, Jason
Rodi and Scott Woolums reached the top after a long
night (almost 12 hours out of Camp 4).
turned around after reaching a point higher than
the Balcony at 28,000 ft.. At this altitude its very
important to continually and honestly access yourself,
Jack was not feeling 100% and made a very solid
decision to head back to Camp 4 at the South Col, with
Not making these tough decisions can be
the cause of serious problems on Everest. Way to go
Jack, an amazing effort to get to 28,000 ft.! Later we
heard him saying "I'll be back"!
summit day actually began the day before as a group of
6 Sherpas from several different teams broke a trail
though extremely deep snow all the way up to the
Balcony, fixing lines along the way. They could not
get higher as high winds were blowing plumes of snow
off the ridge above the Balcony. So later on the 15th
as more and more groups arrived at the South Col to
try the summit on the 16th. Plans were made to
coordinate on a early group of sherpas and Willie
Benegas to fix lines above the balcony a couple hours
before all the expeditions would go up a bit later.
The plan worked pretty good. Right behind them the
sherpas and members from at least 8 different teams
made it over the Hillary Step and onto the summit!
Quite a crowd on top, but everything worked very well.
At least one team from the north side summited also.
the way up, after the long dark hours of climbing by
headlamp, we enjoyed a perfect sunrise out over Tibet,
with Lhotse and Makalu below.
Followed by a perfect day until about 1 pm when a
strong wind and blowing snow quickly moved in. This
caught a number of people out up high, us included. On
our way down, at the bottom of the Triangle wall fixed
lines, we could not see camp in the blowing snow and
whiteout. Fortunately it was not to last too long
right then. With a little clearing we could find our
way back into camp.
coming down from the summit we stayed that night at
Camp 4, sleeping at over 26,000 ft., fortunately with
Oxygen. We all were very tired after a long day. Had
some very strong winds till midnight, then things
calmed down for the next day.
its slowly packing up, organizing yaks for the trek
out, saying good bye to friends that we have spent the
last month and one half getting to know here in base
camp. A bit sad to leave, but so very happy we can
leave this early in the season. Looking forward now to
summer. Will have a couple more updates as we trek out
to Namche, Lukla and then Kathmandu. A fantastic trip!
Adventures International Inc.