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  Autumn Mt. Everest 2004: Back in ABC...


Copyright©Jim Gile American Ski Everest 2003

Update: Back in ABC

After spending a nice couple of days in BC, it was time to go to ABC if we were ever going to get up the mountain. The group had to be split up, because only four people can sleep in IC. Marc and Boris, who had become fed up with base camp, went first. Mark left the following day at six am, because they wanted to complete the route without spending the night in IC. Werner, Sander and Ruby left a couple of hours after that, so they could walk to IC leisurely. That proved to be harder than expected. Even though we had recovered from our ailments, and we were better acclimatized, the 'pit' of rocks of all shapes sizes remained very tough to walk on.

After having spent an hour in IC in our sleeping bags, we suddenly heard Mark's voice. He had had a terrible time and had decided not to finish the stage, but to return to IC. The next day it came out that he wanted to return to BC, and to abandon the expedition. We were quite shocked, but all we could do was accept it. That night in ABC the atmosphere hit rock bottom. Everybody was turned inwards, chewing mutton, beans and rice.

But a new day brought new activities to focus on. On top of that it had been snowing a lot, so we awoke to a fairy landscape.

At eight o'clock the Sherpas left for the North Col to put up tents and to set up fixed ropes along the route to camp 2. Also they could pull out the fixed ropes towards the North Col for the others who left an hour after them. They're hoping to reach the North Col despite a heavy bag full of sleeping- and eating gear. They're looking to spend the night, touch upon camp 2, and return. Werner, Marc and Boris are going to take it easy and will try to move some gear up in the next few days.

In BC they have succeeded in sending the expedition maps to the people who are supporting the Disabled Women Project.

Dispatches

On the Tibet Side of Everest, a Dutch Team will attempt the mountain.

The Dutch team is

Werner de Jong (expedition leader)
Marc Streefkerk (climber)
Mark Thijssen (climber)
Boris Krielen (climber)
Sander Arens (climber)
Ruby Arens-Halfschepel

with another climber joining the expedition...

Few expeditions are successful in Autumn on Everest as compared with the success in the Spring. See here for a classic Autumn expedition reports: Autumn Everest 2002

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