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Everest 2002 Expedition
Everest 2002 Dispatch 7 - May 6 2002 Camp 4
established, now the rubber hits the road
of our members are now at BC resting after
successfully sleeping at Camp 3. In a few days
they will begin heading back up for the first
summit bids. It is rapidly coming to the
moment everyone has been dreaming about for a long
time…when the rubber hits the road and all the
planning and preparation pays off…hopefully.
This is an exciting time for all of us and a
nerve-wracking time too.
May 4 nearly 100 Sherpas from many teams
reached the South Col. For the IMG group, this meant
that all 16 of our climbing Sherpas successfully
made it up. Today (May 6) seven of our Sherpas went
to the Col for a second time, and tomorrow the
remaining eight (one came down to BC today) are
scheduled to go a second time as well. This
will come close to putting us in position for summit
bids. For the summit bid, we need to get three
bottles of O2 to the Col for every member, and two
for each Sherpa. Additionally, we are sending
food, fuel, fixed rope, tents, bags, pads, stoves,
etc to the Camp 4 site.
The SPCC (Sagarmartha
Pollution Control Committee) has responded to
the complaints received from several expedition
teams about the condition of the Icefall route.
Today Mr. R.C. Karki came to Base Camp from the SPCC
office in Namche. He is going to stay here at
BC for a few days to get the Icefall Sherpas
back on track. To assist with this task the
SPCC has hired another Icefall Sherpa to help, in
this case Mr. Ang Nima from Dingboche, who has
worked on the Icefall in past years and is
experienced at building anchors, setting ladders,
etc. Safety is the number one priority in this
dangerous part of the mountain, so it is important
that the job is well done.
are hoping that the condition of the Icefall route
will improve now that there is some accountability
and direction attributed to the Icefall Sherpas and
we would like to thank the SPCC for responding to
our concerns and acting to improve the situation.
The SPCC is a good organization that has supported
many projects in the Khumbu to reduce pollution.
We would like to see them be successful at
administering the Icefall and generating income that
can be used to support their other worthwhile