(Transcribed from satellite phone voice message)
American Ski Everest Expedition,
We have been learning how to be
great "hanger outers" for the last 2 days here
at base camp. The weather has been a bit stormy, which
has figured into our schedule perfectly. It is really
hard for this group to rest when the weather is
beautiful based on past trips. But Everest can be a
real butt kicker. We needed these rest days. So it is
lots of meetings, reading, and a whole lot of nothing.
The plan is for Steve, Jim, JO, and
Mike to head back to ABC [inaudible] and then rest at
ABC that next day because the trek is so long. Then we
want to head up to the North Col and the following day
make a carry and set up Camp 2 at about 25500 feet.
Our plan is to sleep at that camp, get up the next day
and make a haul up to about 26500 or 27000 and set up
a soup camp with a tent, stove, fuel, a couple of
sleeping bags. But we will have to see how we all feel
when we get up there.
We still have the option of just
setting up one camp at 26,500 and making a 3500 feet
summit push but that is a tall order. We will see how
we feel. We still have sufficient amount of time for
the climbing window. We are just going to take our
time, as we have the entire trip and be sure everybody
is feeling right and act accordingly.
Then the next group, Callahan,
Kevin, Roger, and Carlson, are on a similar plan, but
because they choose a rest day
The 2 groups are staggered by a day.
That works out well however, it that we are using a 4
man tent set up for the high camp.
Dr Jon is kind of on his own
project. The 9th man out so to speak. He is using
oxygen and a sherpa. He has significantly different
logistics. We really have the 2 four man teams and Dr
That is all form BC. We are still
waiting on the next weather forecast and obviously
everything resolves around that. We will touch base
again when we get back up to ABC. Mike