Friday, May 18, 2012

Hello all. Been asked to post for Rob and Chris. Here is today's post from Alpine Ascents cybercast:

Summit!! Everest has just seen its first summits of the year by 7 Sherpa
who have fixed lines for all climbing teams to use. Alpine Ascents Guide
Lakpa Rita has been coordinating the fixing from high on the mountain and
Alpine Ascents' Sherpa Kami Rita is among today's summiteers. The fixing
Sherpa enjoyed perfectly calm, sunny weather for most of their fixing
effort. Our Team is currently moving to Camp 4 in the same beautiful
weather. They have passed the Yellow Band, a geological layer of marbled
yellow rock visible across many of the highest mountains in the Himalaya,
and will be approaching the Geneva Spur soon.

There are numerous other teams climbing to the South Col along side us at
the moment.Alpine Ascents schedules our team members to enjoy a full rest day in Camp 4 before making their summit bid. This provides our climbers with 24 extra hours of well deserved rest and allows us the flexibility to choose our summit date from the highest camp on the mountain.

The Prayer flags are hardly moving with the calm winds and we are enjoying
the sunny weather here in Base Camp :-)

 Spoke with Chris and Rob this morning. They are now at camp 4, enjoying the view and resting up for the summit which will occur either on Saturday or Sunday. Today was the first possible day to summit. It was attempted by 250 climbers so their team has opted to wait until it is slightly less crowded . Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. The next blog should be filled with news of their success!

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