Madness Expedition 2004: Summit Day 9pm on Everest
Day 52: May 17
Summit Day 9:00 pm
The Mountain Madness team left the South Col. around 9 pm. They all seemed in
good spirits but anxious for the unknown.
I just heard from Willie at the Balcony, which is amazing timing (five and a
half hours). Gene, Murray, Undi Sherpa, and Mingme Sherpa are with him and
are feeling strong. Gary and Phendon Sherpa turned around about a half hour
ago. When I hear that they are back to Camp 4 I will send an update. The
next time I will hear from Willie is when they are at the South Summit. With
the time they are making I would expect that to be in four or five hours.
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
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