5/15/2007

Everest Base Camp
May 15, 2007

Namaste,

We are all back at Base Camp. Camps 2 and 3 have been restored, although we are missing the tent at Camp 2 that blew down the mountain. Our Sherpas are high on the mountain and have fixed up the tents on the South Col, which is Camp 4.

The weather has not been cooperating so most of the teams are still at Everest Base Camp. It snowed really hard this afternoon and it is snowing as I send in this report. Our current plan is to start up the mountain on May 18 for our final push to the summit. I understand that there are four teams currently on the South Col and they may make their run for the summit tonight. We are all wishing them well.

The trip down to Pheriche was wonderful and really helped
with my acclimatization. I feel stronger and better than ever. We made it up from Pheriche to Everest Base Camp in record time.

As soon as things sort out and I know the schedule for sure I will send in another report.

Bill Burke