This is Sarah Henley reporting from Everest Base Camp. Well, this is rest day
number two before the big summit attempt. They have one more rest day tomorrow
before they head up on the 13th, for the summit. Gary, Gene and Murray took a
walk down to Gorek Shep today to get their legs moving. Rest days are so
important but it is also difficult because everyone tends to get antsy and
bored. This morning Casey took the trekking group to the ice fall and gave a
great glaciology talk which they all seemed to enjoy. There are three to five
groups attempting the summit a couple days before our team and these are the
folks that will be setting the fixed lines up to the summit. At the same time
our team is going for the top there are four other groups going to be there,
which will be a pretty reasonable number. Sometimes summit day can be a total
cluster because most of the teams head up around the same time but this year
there are a lot of teams on a summit schedule of about three or four days
later than us. Willie says, having less people summiting at once makes summit
day much less stressful! All of this is assuming the weather cooperates as
May 13 - Go to camp 2 to sleep that night.
May 14 - Rest day at camp 2.
May 15 - Climb Lhotse Face to camp 3. They will sleep there this night with
May 16 - Hike to camp 4, hopefully by noon. Between 9 and 11 pm this day
leave for the summit.
May 17 - Summit between 7 and 10 am. They will then sleep at the South Col.
arriving between 2 and 4 pm.
May 18 - Be back to camp 2 between 3 and 4 pm.
May 19 - Be back to base camp sometime in the afternoon.
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