Thursday, May 17, 2007

Big Hello from Us at Base Camp

Hello All!!! We’ve finally managed to get online thanks to our French friends and the services of Windhorse Trekking. Although it has been impossible to read through all of the comments in the last 40 days, we are absolutely delighted to see the number of comments and support from so many of you out there!!! I have to sincerely apologize for not having been able to put any photos online, but don’t worry we promise to make up for it once we reach civilization again. So, again thanks so much for all of your support, it’s truly a great honor to be climbing for such an excellent organization.
For the quick update: We are still back in base camp resting up for what we hope to be our final push up the mountain. I can’t say enough how much better the sleep quality is here at 17,000 ft vs. the 21,000 ft. of A.B.C. Although we are becoming annoyed with the 28 mile roundtrip walk (which I am about to do for the 4th time), it is more than worthwhile in terms of overall rejuvenation. Many of the other members of our expedition are starting to rap things up and so it is finally beginning to feel as though the expedition is coming down to the wire.
So, our plan is to leave here on the morning of the 19th, rest one day in ABC, and then move onto the upper mountain. This time we will not be exposing ourselves to the intense sun, and so intend to climb to camp 2 at approximately 26,000 ft through the night arriving in the morning for a full morning of rest. Then we will move to the high camp at 27,000 ft. for a few hours of rest, but mostly to just boil water. So with any luck we should be reaching the summit on the morning of the 22nd. However, as always our plans are extremely flexible and constantly subject to change. Katie and Rachel will be doing voice dispatches from ABC to keep you all informed during our summit bid!!
Well, that’s all for now, thanks again for all of the support, and especially to Halle, Andy, and Chris for your diligent postings.
Happy B-day Melinda!!!!


Blogger Sue said...

Hey-great to hear from u! Sounds like you're getting much needed rest before the big push. Justin-can't wait for U to see our lakeplace. We even talked Jim in to getting a jet ski! All of you are so amazing-it has been so much fun to follow your journey. Take care, be safe, keep the prayer flags flying high! Grandma and Grandpa send their love.
Much love, Mom

7:30 AM  
Blogger hbaur said...

I tell everyone I can that I actually know people climbing everest...they are so jealous of me...anywho..keep doing what you are doing. I THINK IT IS AMAZING! MUCH LOVE, Heather

11:57 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

You guys are playing it smart. Isn't it hard to believe how comfortable BC can be? It's all relative!

May 22nd is a good day. That was summit day in 2003 for us. I'll pass that good juju your way.

Say hello to Ngawang Dorje Sherpa at Windhorse for me!

Be well,


9:39 PM  
Blogger Sheree Dormann said...

I can't believe the journey we all are on..Everday I check the blog and am so excited. I am thrilled to know that you guys will make it, glad to say I know someone who climbed Mt. Everest. Loved the WKCY News report, and we thought "Bainbridge" wasn't so big, well, you made it bigger. Always keeping you guys in my prayers, be safe and sound. Love and sunsets of beauty from a mile high!

10:37 PM  
Blogger george said...

someone asked the other day why my girlfriend (rachel) wasn't around and I casually replied, "oh she's at everest." evergreen? "no THE Mt everest" then she said, "are they living in tents?" and I said yeah, they're in-tents, ha, but she didn't get it! oh well, you guys rock and are living the dream. Wish yall were going to mexico with me this wkend, but theres only rock and roll, beer, and no mountain. cheers!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Sheshers said...

Hey you guys are wonderful. Please be careful. We miss you. Watch out for the wokies. Dad is on his way. Love you both Aunt She

7:41 PM  
Blogger Dalene said...

Hey Gang, just checking in. 3:00 Saturday afternoon and thinking of you all! Sounds like you've a good solid plan. Be smart and be safe. Looking forward to the Grand Finale and can't wait to hear all of your stories. Lots of love to the entire crew! Dalene

3:01 PM  
Blogger April said...

Sending a little love from Italy. James and I are rooting for you guys from Vicenza. We log on to check your progress every night. We are so proud of you!!
Take care and ci vediamo.
April :)

3:49 PM  

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