NEWSLETTERS - Everest South 2005

Newsletter 110 April 2005

The Swiss Team from Gstaad arrived in Base Camp - 'South Side' in good form on April 8th.

Having negotiated the Icefall and slept at Camp 1 - 6,100m, the Team are leap frogging the other 20 expeditions for good camp positions on the mountain.

The route is considered to be in good condition (relatively). Near the top of the icefall, requires a climb out of an enormous crevasse - using five ladder sections connected to span the ever growing fissure...so far no spare underpants required.

The expeditions climbing Sherpas headed by Lopsang Temba from Kumjung, are in firing form - having carried loads for 7 days. They have stocked Camps 1 & 2 and have earned their rest day, tomorrow.

Weather permitting, the Team will head back up to Camp 2 for a few days to continue their acclimatising, overnighting at Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face at 7,300m...before charging back to BC for Rostii, Entrecote and copious quantities of Grouse...it's a hard life in the Himalayas...

Early May should see the Team relaxing and waiting for an ideal window to head back up the mountain for a summit attempt.

...Batteries are crashing....

Ciao for now,
Whetu

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