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Featured Expedition: 2003 American Ski Everest Expedition
Dispatch Five


Copyright©Jim 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 safe haven.

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 [call lost]

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...

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