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  Mt. Everest 2004: Mountain Madness Expedition 2004


Day 49:  May 14

This is Sarah Henley reporting from Base Camp.  The Mountain Madness Team is still resting at Camp 2 getting ready to climb to Camp 3 early in the morning.  Everyone had a relaxing day and are ready to move up on the mountain tomorrow.

Today about 40 people climbed to Camp 4, at the South Col., and will begin their summit attempt tonight between 9:00 and midnight.  If all goes well they will all summit in the morning of the 15th.  This is good news for us because this means less people on the route while our team is climbing.  In some of the years past many of the teams try to summit at the same time and it can be a huge traffic jam.  The Mountain Madness team will be trying for the summit, on the morning of the 17th, at the same time as five other groups.  We will be with the Spanish team which has three climbers, the Irish which has 2 climbers, the Swiss that consists of two climbers, the International team which has eleven climbers, and the David B team which has quite a bit of folks because they have a whole film crew with them.  These numbers are not counting all the the climbing Sherpas.  There could be about 40 - 50 people counting Mountain Madness, the rest of the teams, and Sherpas on the mountain that same day.  This seems like a lot but actually it is quite reasonable.

Everest Support Trekkers Dispatch, May 14: Hello from Namche Bazaar!  This is Casey Henley reporting.  Today is a rest day in Namche as everyone was "antsy" to get back as soon as possible!   We walked from Pheriche yesterday and everyone enjoyed the ever "thickening air"!  Everyone has elected to stay in the best lodge in Namche and are on their 3rd or 4th showers!  I think that everyone is already in the celebrating mood!  This has been an amazing trip for everyone and the Nepali staff have worked very hard to create an unforgettable experience.  Tomorrow we will hike to Lukla and spend the night there before the memorable flight back to Kathmandu.  More details from Kathmandu in a couple days... 

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