forecast from 3 different satellite sources have been weighed up and a summit
attempt may be made over the next few days.
Climbers, tomorrow Friday,
will leave Base Camp Wyeth for Camp 2 Lowe Alpine.
Ongoing assessment of weather and climbers themselves will dictate further
May 13: Yesterday evening
Clare and Pat returned early from their rest in Dingboche. This is because of
promising weather conditions received. It appears that a window exists between
15th and 18th. This is an opportunity to make a fast summit push.
For several hours last night, the team examined various weather forecasts.
Discrepancies between the wind speed and temperatures were scrutinised. After
much analysis a decision was made.
Today will be used to pack all necessary supplies for a summit push. Food,
fuel, medical supplies and communications equipment all have to checked and
packed. At 7.00am, Base Camp Wyeth is bustling with activity. While the
climbers have to concentrate on their own duties, the support team have to
ensure that all communications systems are functional. Everyone has to be sure
that they have their work done. Monitoring of weather forecasts keeps the
climbers informed of any changes. Presently it appears that until the 18th
looks good. Yet, the various sources have slight differences in the forecasts.
Varying wind speeds and temperatures are reasons for constant vigilance. It is
important for weather analysis to be as accurate as possible.
Pemba has arrived back from his rest early also. He too saw the change in the
weather and left Namche yesterday and stayed in Pheriche last night. He
arrived here at 9.00am this morning.
Final adjustments and checking of all equipment is taking place as food, fuel
and medical supplies are sorted out and packed.
Camp 1, Camp 2 Lowe Alpine and Camp 3 Spórt Corrán Tuathail are established
and are ready to support a summit attempt.
Eating well at Camp 2
Camp 3 Spórt Corrán Tuathail
Supplies have been left at the High Camp Wyeth at the South Col. All the
climbers - Sherpa and Irish - are fit, strong and well prepared.
On the 14th the climbers will depart for their summit attempt. All that is
needed is for the weather to hold.
We received a phone call a couple of days ago at base camp from John Joyce. He
was calling us all the way from Galway to wish us luck as we approach the last
leg of the expedition. It was great to hear from him but also very sad for us
that he couldn’t be with us at this time. We are happy to report that John is
recovering well at home in Galway and is in great form. He would like to thank
everyone for all the kind words and well wishes he has received over the past
John has been back at work at his Insurance and Auctioneering business in Tuam
since last week. "Its Great to be home safe and sound! At first I was content
with the decision to come down off the mountain, however, as time goes by and
as I am feeling stronger disappointment is building". "I am in close contact
with Pat and Clare and am confident that they will make it".
John wishes to sincerely thank all those who sent cards, phoned and e-mailed
messages of support "It was over whelming how interested and concerned people
have been - my thanks to each and everyone of them". The amount of interest in
County Galway in the expedition is immense, it seems it certainly caught
peoples imaginations - The next week will be valid for Pat and Clare as they
now have to position themselves on the South Col to enable them have a bid at
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