Just heard from Mark
Tucker at Base Camp on the sat phone at 7:15 am NEPAL TIME. He says the IMG
climbers are above the Balcony, but below the South Summit, in a part of the
climb which has difficult communication to Base Camp because they are on the
back side of the SE Ridge for a ways. Last report was that the Chileans are
in front and IMG behind them. The weather is reported to be very nice. It
sounds like a number of the teams that were planning to go today and assist
with the rope fixing decided at the last minute not to go, so there are not
many climbers up there. This is good--no traffic jam problems--but it sure
would be nice to have some more horsepower up there for route work and
fixing. Keep your fingers crossed! Eric Simonson IMG Expeditions
Mark Tucker has been guiding since 1985, with Mt. Rainier as the starting
point. Since then, he has climbed and guided classic peaks on seven
continents, with the summit of Mt. Everest as his high point. Mark's
extensive experience in South America, Africa and the Himalayas, combined
with his lengthy career guiding on Rainier and Denali in the US, makes him
a super member of our IMG team.
When not in
the hills, he leads a fun-filled Other Life. Passions by land include mountain
biking, skiing, snowboarding, motorcycle riding, and gardening (he's still
working on the golf game.) By water, he enjoys surfing, kayaking, wind surfing
, scuba diving , water skiing, and fishing, and by air, hang gliding.
Mark is a member of
Mountain Guides team for 2004...
veteran expedition leader, Everest Summiter, author and motivational
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