May 23rd, 2007 by Firat
From a series of dispatches from the Alpine Ascents 2007 Everest Expedition team.
Hello there friends, family, and loved ones. This is one happy team. We have descended the mountain after a very successful summit day. We’re happy to be where the oxygen is a little bit thicker and the food is a little bit better. Looking around the dinner table tonight we have a lot of satisfaction on our faces. So we want to thank you very much for your prayers and your best wishes, they all seem to have come true. We have come down the Lhotse Face and only have one more little challenge, and that’s to descend the deadly Khumbu Icefall.
Todd would like to report that his camera fell down the Lhotse Face today, so he will not have his pictures to share (seems like his team mates could send him some). Sticky found a crevasse today. Fortunately John was on hand to pull her out after Firat belayed her, so she is still with our team. We’d also like to mention that the wonderful support from our sherpas made this all possible, without them we could not have climbed this mountain.
We’re all looking forward to getting home as soon as possible and seeing our loved ones, so please keep your fingers crossed for good weather in Lukla so we can fly out. One more person who really needs to be mentioned is our wonderful Camp 2 cook, Ang Tsering, the finest cook in the Western Cwm. Bill, the persistent one, made it to the summit by being slow and steady. We’d really like to give him a round of appreciation in the fact that he has been going from tent to tent making medical tent calls and keeping everybody healthy. Everybody is in good health, and we’re very happy that the good Lord has smiled upon us and blessed us with good weather, good sherpas, and good teamwork.
Thanks for all your support, and stay tuned for the further adventures of the ascent of Everest.
Vern Tejas at Camp 2
P.S. Once again apologies for the satellite/website not being available, so this is late being posted.
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