Update 4/19/04: At 0.30hr the team wakes up at Vicks camp 3, 7450 m. Everybody
starts melting snow for drinks and breakfast. At 02.00hr Greg and Joost are
ready to leave. There is one problem. The sky is clear but there blows an
incredible hard wind. It is even dangerous to get out of the tent. Being blown
away may place you in several crevasses.
Together with the Sherpa's they decide to stay in the tent
and to wait until the wind weakens. Unfortunately the wind blows all night
making a summit attempt dangerous and impossible.
Luckily there is enough food and gas at Vicks camp 3 so the
team will stay there another night to have new shot at the summit tomorrow.
Today I had several radio talks with the team up the mountain giving an
impression of their decisions. Tomorrow more updates will follow. Herman
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