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Descending Everest

South Col & Camp 2

May 25, 2010 - 1:47 a.m. PST / 2:30 p.m. UTC
26,500 ft./21,000 ft

Mark Tucker at Basecamp:

It continues to be a nice day and the team is doing well. Upon reaching the Sol Col (26,500’) three team members have decided to call it a day. They will spend the afternoon resting and rehydrating before making an early departure tomorrow morning. The rest of the team has decided to continue their descent to sleep in the thick air of Camp Two at 21,000’.

We expect to see everyone at Basecamp tomorrow.

South Col

May 24, 2010 - 11:15 p.m. PST / May 25, 2010 12:00 p.m. UTC 26,500 ft.

Mark Tucker at Basecamp:

Everybody is at the South Col with all fingers and toes. At these kinds of altitudes, it is just about impossible to keep hydrated. Breathing pure, non-humidified oxygen, along with a limited supply of fluids in your pack, let alone finding time to consume it…you get the picture.

It’s all about recovery. First thing you want to do is collapse in the nearest tent, but you need to take care of yourself, the further behind you get the tougher to catch up. We have two support Sherpa at the Col, so all members are greeted with a cup of juice upon arrival. These first couple of hours will be critical if our guys will make the push down to C2 or spend another night at the Col. We have plenty of oxygen at the Col to support another night, but the lower the better.

By 2:00 pm they will decide to stay or go. We will let ya know…


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