Home

   Everest 04 Home
   Today's News
  
Banners Ads
   Bookstore
  
Contact

   Downloads
   E-mail (Free)
  
Educational
  
Facts
  
Games
  
Gear
  
History
  
Interviews 
  
Mailing List

   Media

   Medical
  
News (current)
   Sat Phones
   Search Everest 2004
   Speakers
   Readers Guide
   Risks

   Trip Reports
   Visitor Agreement

   Volunteer/help

 

    
  

 

  




  Mountain Madness Expedition 2004: Summit Day on Everest


Day 51:  May 16: Summit Day

This is Sarah Henley reporting form Base Camp.  I just got word from Willie at Camp 4 and they are all attempting to rest.  Gene and Gary are feeling good.  Murray feels good but he is a little tired from the day.  At this point Murray's crampon seems to be holding so we'll just hope it stays that way.  Their departure time from Camp 4 for the summit is 9:00 pm tonight.  Willie will try to radio sometime during the night to give an update but it can be challenging to stop when they are in a huge line up of people all going to the same place.  He will definitely call us at Base Camp when they reach the Balcony and then again at the South Summit before they get to the Hillary Step.  We will also of course hear from them when and if they reach the summit sometime in the morning.  I will keep you posted...

Earlier Update

Day 51:  May 16: This morning the Mountain Madness climbers left Camp 3 at 7:30 am for the South Col., also known as Camp 4.  Gary and Gene reached the Yellow Band at 11:00 am and then continued on to the Col. arriving around 3:00 pm.   Murray was quite a bit behind them on account of his crampon braking again.  They managed to fix it and Willie waited for him to get to the Yellow Band.  Willie and Murray arrived at Camp 4 around 4:00 pm.  When I spoke to them this morning everyone was feeling as well as expected.  I asked Murray how he was feeling and he said, "things are good for all things considered".  I thought this was a perfect response because once you get to these elevations everyone will and expects to feel a little off.  Last night they slept with oxygen and other than it being awkward I think they all managed to sleep some.  Today climbing to Camp 4 was their first time actually moving while breathing oxygen.  This can be very challenging at first because ones breathing pattern has to completely change, the dry air can cause a sore throat, and the mask limits ones vision.  Now they are all trying to rest as best as possible before they head to the summit tonight.  Gary will be climbing with Phendan Sherpa, Gene is climbing with Undi Sherpa, and Murray will climb with Mingma Sherpa.

This morning I got word that there were 20 people on the summit around 9:30 am and there were more folks waiting below to get their turn.  There was also another 20 to 30 people still on their way up.  Twenty people on the top of Mount Everest is definitely tight.  The route up to the top last night was one huge highway which can make it difficult for individuals to find their own personal pace.  In a lot of places it is not as simple as just passing someone slower than you.  We have been told here at Base Camp that the route is not all the way fixed with lines.  The past two summit rounds have not been using fixed lines for some of the way past Camp 4.  Willie is aware of this and he intends to be ahead of the rest of our guys and will fix lines where needed.  I will be in touch more frequently when they begin their summit attempt tonight!

Dispatches

 
Altitech2: Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms. Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032 battery. See more here.

 






 

  Altitude pre-
  
acclimatization

   Ascenders

   Atlas snowshoes

   Black Diamond

   Botas

   Brunton

   Carabiners

   CaVa Climbing Shoes
   Clearance

   Clif Bar

   CMI

   Crampons

   Edelweiss ropes
  
Eureka Tents

   Featured

   FoxRiver

   Garmin

   Granite Gear

   Harnesses
   Headlamps
   Helmets

   HighGear
   Ice Axes

   Kavu Eyewear

   Katadyn

   Kong

   Lekisport

   Lowepro

   Motorola

   Nalgene

   New England Ropes

   Nikwax

   Omega

   Outdoor Designs

   Pelican

   PowerBar

   Princeton Tec

   Prescription Glacier

   Glasses

   Primus

   Rope Bags

   Seattle Sports

   Serius
  
Sleeping Bags

   Stubai

   Suunto

   Tents

   Trekking Poles
   Ushba
  
and more here

 

 



  



Send email to     •   Copyright© 1998-2003 EverestNews.com
All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Disclaimer, Privacy Policy, Visitor Agreement, Legal Notes: Read it