International Mountain Guides (www.mountainguides.com) Everest 2002 Expedition

International Mountain Guides Everest 2002 Dispatch 16 - Team Safely Down to Camp 4

Thurs May 16, 2002 approx. 6:00pm

IMG team members Phil and Sue Ershler, Ted Wheeler, Stuart Smith, and Sherpas Danuru, Mingma Ongel, Mingma Tshering, and Dorje Lama have now successfully descended to the South Col (26,200 feet) where they met Kevin Flynn, Mark Tucker, and Ang Passang who had remained in support.  They will all spend the night there and head down to Camp 2 tomorrow, then to Base Camp the next day.  The team wants to thank Apa Sherpa (who made his 12th ascent) and Willie Benegas who did some critical rope fixing on the South Summit / Hillary Step. The Ford No Boundaries team, climbing on the IMG permit, is spending tonight at Camp 3 and will be heading to the Col tomorrow, on the 17th, so we'll have another suspenseful IMG summit day soon!

Eric Simonson Expedition Leader 

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