I am thrilled to report that
the EVEREST: Friendship Beyond Borders Expedition has arrived at the summit of
Mount Everest as of 7:55 AM Nepal time Sunday May 16th (7:10 PM Pacitic time
I received a phone call from
Team Leader Tom McMillan that he was standing on the summit with Climbing
Sirdar Nima Tashi Sherpa and Climbing Sherpa Pem Dorjee Sherpa. Just a few
steps away were Climbing Team member Nawang Sherpa and Climbing Sherpa Nima
Gombu Sherpa (his tenth Summit of Everest !!!!).
All team members are well and
the weather on the summit is good. Tom will call in later with more details of
their summit push.
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in by satellite phone (quickly, to conserve the batteries for further updates
in the coming days) to let us know they are currently at Camp 3. They wisely
decided to remain at Camp 2 an extra day to allow the high winds to subside.
Tom says he and Nawang are feeling "incredibly strong at this altitude". They
are now planning to stand on the summit on Sunday the 16th. The weather
forecasts indicate even more good weather in the coming days.
members Nawang Sherpa, Tom McMillan, Nima Tashi, Nima Gombu, and Pem Dorjee
are on their way to the summit!
Tom called from Camp 2 about
12:15 am Pacific Daylight Time (about 1pm in Nepal) Wednesday to let us know
that they have begun their summit bid. They are pacing themselves to arrive on
the summit on May 15th or 16th to take advantage of a favorable "weather
window" with only light winds on the upper part of the mountain those days.
He reported that all team
members were feeling strong and are eager to get to the top. A couple of very
strong expeditions are ahead of them, which will make the snow conditions
easier for our team (if there is new snow, the first teams will break trail
for the others).
Editorial Note: You might recall
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Gau Ming-Ho down. He has summited Everest in 93, 94, 96, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02
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