NEWSLETTERS - Everest Expedition 2001

Newsletter 1822 May 2001

Last dispatch before the Summit Attempt

We are now just one day away from our summit attempt. The last few days have been rather hectic as we arrange for everyone to get to the top camp later today. As I write this all the members, guides and Sherpas are at camp3 (7,900m) making final arrangments to leave for the top camp (8,300m). In a few minutes they will be leaving wearing oxygen masks. They should be at top camp in about 3 hours, where they will rest for the afternoon before setting out for the summit at about 01.30am tomorrow morning.

In the meanwhile the Jagged Globe North Col group has trekked up to ABC. 4 of the 5 members plus David Walsh all reached the North Col two days ago. Yesterday was a rest day for them, and today they have departed for BC and tomorrow they will head back to Kathmandu.

Also we have a small trekking group who have visited our BC and are now trekking with horse and cart in the Rongbuk Valley, they will return to Kathmandu on 06 June.

This afternoon I will go back up to North Col in order to have better communications. From here I will help direct Marco during tomorrow's snowboard descent and hope to get this on film. That will mean that there is nobody at BC or ABC to send news updates for the next few days. As soon as I can return to ABC where this dispatch is being sent from, I will send news of our ascent.

Thank you to all of you who have sent messages wishing us well, and thanks to all who follow this expedition. The weather forecast still suggests that Wednesday 23rd is still the best day for summit, so I just trust that all our members can make the summit and return with out incident.

Now I must get going to N Col.