It's happening now! Just
got off the sat phone with IMG Leader Mark Tucker (8:30 pm Thursday May 13
NEPAL TIME) and we are happy to report that after an on-again, off-again,
on-again day everything is falling into place. Right now there are four
Sherpas (2 IMG, 2 from Himalayan Guides) sleeping at the Col to fix up to the
Balcony tomorrow. They started up this morning in high winds and almost
turned back. Tucker had them wait up for three hours at Camp 3, during which
time the winds started to die down a bit, so he sent them on up and they made
it to the Col. The IMG climbers (Jason, Dan, Ron, Brien, Kevin) also left
Camp 2 and made Camp 3, and report the conditions now are very nice and that
the wind has dropped a lot from the morning, both at the Col and at Camp 3.
Also at Camp 3 are Himalayan Guides, Chileans, Greeks, and the Van Hoy/JJ group (minus their
clients). The IMG second wave (Swee, Mike, Brad, Will) have successfully
moved into Camp 2 and will take a rest day tomorrow, then move up with a
summit bid planned for the 17th. Tucker expressed disappointment that the
Koreans who had promised to contribute two Sherpas to the fixing team had
"disappeared". I am also disappointed that so many other teams with the
capacity to help chose not to. As usual, IMG has taken the lead to organize
this, as we have done virtually every year we have been on the mountain.
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