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  Ian and Andy Prentice Mount Everest 2004


Dispatch 4: 4/26/2004

Hi all, We are now at advanced base camp ABC (6400mts) Life here is quite cool, we are in our large base camp tent courteous of force ten tents, put up expertly complete with flat platform by John Briggs and our sherpa Pemba Galsing though John admits he went to lunch and when he came back it was almost done …!

All our kit has now arrived by Yak and porters that can only be attributed to Dan Mazur who has used his 20 years experience to good effect. Its tent city here about 250 tents camped on top of the Rongbuk east glacier at the foot of the North East Ridge of Mount Everest.

The journey here from base camp is split over two days with an interim camp at 5700mts we camped on top of the glacier and drank the yellow snow……. There was a lot of Yaks around.

We tried to push on up to the North col yesterday but the weather and number of people on the ropes proved hazardous so it was back to ABC for a day of rest. So the plan now is to move up early tomorrow to the north col 7000mts (4.2miles) if the weather allows.

Its been snowing most afternoons with the temperature swinging between –19c recorded last night in the tent to +32c in the day. John Briggs is again proving a mountain goat as he has moved up to the col today with Pemba  to set up an oxygen dump and a camp. 

We have been quite lucky with altitude sickness so far with only mild headaches and loss of appetite although the food doesn’t help! But we feel like we’ve been run over by the lethargic bus …… twice

Today our Sherpa’s held a high altitude puja ceremony, in the next few days they will be climbing high on Everest establishing camps and ropes. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sorrow to all the fellow climbers who have had their trips cut short by illness, have a large steak for us in the Everest steak house, oh and Deano we want that classic car mag back so don’t leave the country!!! 

Sarah Hall, Garth has regained his fitness we are told and will be moving up the mountain soon. That’s all for now take care Andrew and Ian.

With thanks to: Prentice Furniture, The Westons, Force Ten, Boiler care, Boreal, T & F Electronics, Comar Fluid and Power, Brookleigh Lanscapes, RAB, Wayfarer, M & M Clothing, J T Duncomb Builders, Hinckley Insurance, Industrial Manufacturing Services, Barry Hawkins Narrowboats, DMM, Esporta Warwickshire, Midland Sheet Metal

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