Ok, it was a wild night and a crazy day! Most of the climbers returned to camp
4 after 8:15 and others after 10 pm! Yes it was dicey!
The brief story
Kenton Cool and Clive Jones, (the two members
Himalayan Guides expedition that summited) left camp 4 at
around 9pm. The Chileans left camp 4 at 10
pm and IMG left camp 4 at 11pm. The
Greeks left late, and turned
around and will re-attempt tonight. Jeff Justman and
Craig Van Hoy also started out
and turned around, they will try again tonight too..
The Chileans moved ahead and their
Sherpas were doing a great job fixing the rope and
breaking trail. IMG Sherpas helping also. The Sherpas
were did a great job ! Kenton Cool and Clive Jones and
the IMG climbers, credit their summits to the great job
the Sherpas did!
At some point, one of the Chileans'
Sherpa turns back. Two of the Chileans slow, we will let
them fill in the details, and the other Chileans wait
for the others at the Hillary Step. IMG catches the
Chileans at the Hillary Step. The Chileans go up the
step first, but the groups get mixed up some.
We are told, but have not confirmed
that Lama Jangbu Sherpa from the Discovery Team is on
the summit waiting on them! Therefore, Lama Jangbu
Sherpa from the Discovery Team is first up on Everest in
2004 assuming it is confirmed, which we have no reason
to believe it will not be. Jangbu Sherpa is filming the
climbers as they come up to the summit. The Chileans and
IMG climbers arrive in the 1pm range. Kenton Cool and
Clive Jones summited around 1:45 Nepal time.
So the Summiters known are: Discovery
(1), Chileans (5 + 3 Sherpas= 8
Total), IMG (5 + 2 Sherpas= 7 Total),
Himalayan Guides (2 + 2 Sherpas]
= at least 20 Summiters
They leave the summit. The Chileans
fall behind, with 2 of the climbers having a hard time.
Everyone [Sherpas not considered here.] is late!
Kenton Cool and Clive Jones arrive at
camp 4 at around 8:15pm. IMG ascent is covered
exclusively by EverestNews.com, is detailed in several
The first IMG group of
Dan, Ron, Brien, Jason and Karma Rita Sherpa arrived
back at camp 4 around 8pm. Kevin was still coming down. Ram Baharadur, who had stayed at the Col
to cook and melt water and be ready when the climbers came down, hiked up to
meet them on the ice plateau above the camp with a well deserved thermos of
hot drinks. Kevin, who was still on his way down with Mingma Sherpa,
met up with Phunuru Sherpa and Tashi Dorje Sherpa (who
IMG sent up from Camp 4 to meet him.) The four of them
arrived at camp 4 at 9:40pm.
Chilean group, we were told were behind the IMG group
that arrived at 8pm. There was concern for the Chilean
group. The wagons were circled... But the Chilean group
made it down!! Yahoo!!
We will let Annabelle
tell you the story! She will do much better than we
could dream of.... Annabelle Bond, by the way, appears
to be the first woman summiter of 2004! Annabelle was
also born in Singapore, which means she could claim the
title of the first person born in Singapore to summit
Tonight several other
teams are headed up, the winds according to our source,
is around 50mph. Not great weather, for climbing the
world highest mountain... Here we go again !
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