Everest 2007 Cybercast: May 22 5:00am Nepal Time

May 22nd, 2007 by Firat

From a series of dispatches from the Alpine Ascents 2007 Everest Expedition team.

Hi out there. I just fielded another call from Ellie at Base Camp. She is still having some problems connecting to the satellites and asked me to forward a message from Dave. She got the radio call from the group around 5:00am and he said that he thought they were about 45 minutes from reaching the South Summit. The group is feeling good and the weather is still beautiful, hardly any winds. Ellie is figuring she’ll send her next cybercast out (or through the office) when they reach the south summit. Cross your fingers out there and continue to watch as the group gets closer and closer.

Thanks for watching - Kristine from the Seattle office

Additional notes that came in later from Ellie: The first glow of dawn is beginning to light the high peaks of Pumori and Nuptse. This is not sun yet, just a pre-dawn glow. But it is enough light for the climbers to turn off their headlamps and see where they are going by the natural light. They are now above the Balcony and making their way up the Southeast Ridge, but it will still be a couple of hours before they reach the South Summit. I have not heard a lot of talk on the radio so I know all is going well. This part of the climb is fairly steep and a lot of work, so they are saving their breath for getting themselves up the mountain. Meanwhile, we have a valley cloud that has engulfed Base Camp, but I expect it will be temporary and disappear when the sun comes up. I sent Padam back to bed, so it is only myself and Nawang minding the radio. We still have our thermos of tea, and soon it will be time to scrounge up something for an early breakfast.

Ellie at Base Camp

P.S. As I write this I talked to Dave. He says the sun is starting to hit up where they are and that they are about 45 minutes below the South Summit. Good going guys!!!

P.P.S. Sorry for the delay – the satellite connection has been unavailable.

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