Gile American Ski Everest 2003
Dispatch Five: Hello this is the
American Ski Everest Expedition calling in, dispatch
number five. We arrived
at base camp after two day at Tingri, it was about a 4
hour drive with incredible views of the
mountains, from Makalu all the way to Cho Oyu.
It was just spectacular.
We set up base camp under cloudy
skies, but we were finally able to see the peak up close
before dark. It gave us the message we have a huge
job ahead of us. But just looking at the peak really
it got everyone stoked up. Everyone is healthy,
everyone is doing great.
This morning the skies are clear, it dropped down to about 10
degrees last night. There are about 22 groups here at
base camp. This place is huge. It is not the circus we expected.
Hopefully, that will play though once we get on the
mountain. We will take the next 3-4 day for
acclimatization here at base
camp. We are at just under 17,000 feet, so this is our
Everyone one is feeling good, and
doing great. For today we will just hang out,
listen to music, read books. We do have a shortwave
radio, so we are up on the war at Iraq, and good job
to all the American forces out there. We do have a
couple of American forces guys here. It has hit home
with those guys. So our hearts go out to all the
families, for some of those soldiers did not make it.
We will meet today with all the
leaders of all the other expeditions. The main topic
will be the fix line, and fixing of the route. Russell Brice
pretty much heads that
up. We will have to see what others groups brought
fixed line. Unfortunately, we have been told not many others
groups have it. We brought 2000 feet of rope
for the steps. So hopefully with Russell we will be
able to piece together the rest.
Everything is fine, everyone is happy, we are
stoked to be
here at base camp. No problems with any logistics. The
sat phone is working fine, thanks to
MVS our sponsor.
It is like having a cell phone at BC, so it is working
out great. Thanks, and we will talk to you in the next
day or so. Out from base camp. Mike Marolt
Dispatch Six: (April 10th) This is
Mike Marolt with the American Ski Everest Expedition,
dispatch number 6, rest day at BC.
Steve, Jim and I went to the Chinese
Base Camp organization meeting, to discuss limited
camp [inaudible], fixed lines, and overall cooperation.
There are 22 expeditions of which 17 will be on our
route. There will be a $20 per person charge for
fixing of the
New Call: This is the American Ski Everest
Expedition, we are having cloud cover, so our last
dispatch 6 got cut off, I will try again soon, so
dispatch 6 is on route....
Below Steve Marolt
skiing Castle Peak...