Madness Everest Expedition 2002
Fowler and Hector Ponce de Leon report from
Everest Base Camp: On
April 19 our entire team climbed to Camp 1 and
spent the night. Next day, members climbed to camp
2, which had been established by our Sherpa team.
April 22nd we climbed to 7000 meters, just 200
meters below camp 3. Julio, Andy and Matthew did
great. They had a hard time with the altitude but
they put in a good effort to reach our 7000-meter
goal. We were among the first to go above camp 2
since the lines had just been put in the on the
20th. We returned back to camp 2. Everyone slept
at camp 2 before returning to base camp on the
Sherpa team plans to help fix with other teams
above camp 3. This section will include the Yellow
Band and the Geneva spur to the south col (camp
4). All members are healthy and acclimating well.
Our lead Sherpa Lakpa Gelu was sick for a few
days, but is feeling better. The weather has been
very warm and mostly clear. We are at B.C.
resting. We are plan to go up again on the 28th
for our final acclimatization climb. We will be
going directly up to 2 and the next day to 3 to
spend a night there before descending to B.C. We
will take a good 5-day rest at base camp before
our summit bid which, if everything goes well and
weather permitting will be around the 10 th-12th
is in good health and high spirits. The weather
has been good. That's it for now from Everest base
Hector & Charlie!