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 North Side of Everest 4/17/2002

North side (Tibet) of Everest 4/17/2002: Some climbers, including Gavin Bate, were making summit attempts yesterday, when the wind picked up. It is unclear who and how many climbers were attempting the Summit or at high camp. Gavin Bate, who we are following, has not called in, which could be because of many reasons. We did receive a short report from the North Side of Everest stating some tents at high camp were blown away. 

As some of you know, the North side is much more exposed to wind than the South side, and the jet stream can start from the North and then head to the South.

Some readers continue to ask about weather reports. The Everest Expeditions are using weather reports from numerous sources, and in some cases, none at all. Some (probably all) of these climbers making attempts were expecting the weather to be good for their attempts. The weather has clearly changed for the worst on the North side, with whatever reports they were receiving were clearly wrong! It is not TRUE all expeditions have the same weather reports.

Some expeditions like the IGO 8000 commercial expeditions use the costly Bracknell reports. The Bracknell reports have proved reliable for these commercial expeditions on Everest. See the IGO 8000 story from 2001 for more... and our "Editorial: Risks of climbing and High Altitude climbing".

We hopefully will know more in a few hours. 

We will we working all weekend... 

The Staff at EverestNews.com

 

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