Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Summit Push

The weather has been unlike that seen on Everest in living memory (ok so there’s some old yak herder that will disagree), but we have been graced with sunny mornings and a winter wonderland of snow in the afternoon, but most importantly, no wind. Last year it blew at 100mph for weeks on end, this year we have a ‘veranda’ outside our mess tent where we sit and eat breakfast in the sun. Remarkably civilised for 6400m.
More importantly though it has meant that our sherpas finished fixing ropes to the summit well over a week ago – on the 30th May, the earliest summits ever (we believe) on the North side. Of course they didn’t rest once they had done this and they have continued to carry improbable loads way up the mountain to stock our camps 1,2,3 and 4 with tents, sleeping bags, cook-sets, bottles of oxygen and the like.
This brings us to the happy and quite remarkable situation whereby team 1 left ABC today on route to the summit! Team 2 will head up tomorrow, so hopefully a week from now I should be writing about a bunch of tired but happy climbers returning safely from the summit of Mount Everest.
Everyone is excited, slightly apprehensive and secretly thrilled by the idea of possibly returning home a little early – or heading to the nearest tropical island. Microwave cameras have been distributed to the sherpas so they can broadcast images directly to base camp, high altitude cameramen are on their way up the hill and the biggest lens I’ve seen will be at the North Col picking out their progress along the summit ridge.
It could be a long and nail biting few days, but this is what we are here for and it is all finally underway. Only a large and unexpected swing in the weather will turn us around, so after a month or so of life on Everest, the final push begins. Please send your thoughts and prayers to all those up high. Thanks again for checking this out. Barny


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting!!
Good luck to everyone and our thoughts are very much with you all.Charxx

4:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck you goons. Lets hope the wonderful weather holds. Hurry home! although you'll all probably want this lovely holiday to just go on and on... eh? you dont? wierdos! pip pip. special manly hugs (no funny biz) to Jake Si and captain Pailthorpe martin H-G

5:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck everyone. Thinking about you all up there more than ever before now. I've got sun, sea, champagne and fantastic food planned for Ed - he knows, but tell him again anyway.

10:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot Doug!!! how did that happen? an extra special hug for you lovely lovely man. mummmm XXXX. ahem - thats enuff of that. martin H-G

3:35 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go for it everyone. Do it for all those restless souls surfing the net and trying to imagine what you're doing during their lunchbreak.
It's amazing what you've all achieved!!!!
Big hug especially to mark and Jen filming
Dave xo

8:25 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be safe, be happy, be successfull. You all worked so hard for this moment. Enjoy every second of it.
After this, nothing will ever be beyond your reach...

11:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen and Mark,

Good luck - hope things are totally fantastic up there. We're thinking of you and sending you lots of positive energy. Lots of love always.

Adam xxxxxx

1:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masses of love to Si. Thinking of you loads. Be safe. All our love PT and Lou xxxxxxxxx

3:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to everyone in your group and in the Himex team. Enjoy these moments !
God bless you all ... Just do it ! Caroline (Gerard's daughter)

6:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck chaps! Great to know it's all going well, especially if it means you can come to my birthday party Barn, obviously the most important thing eh?
Don't worry I'm looking after yer bird...in my own special way xx

11:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Si, It all sounds very exciting. I am keeping up with all the news, including your windy episode!
Hope you are getting some good shots. "Take care", as they say in Bristol. Love Isobel.

12:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck guys , you are all in safe hands with Russ of course.

2:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you walk happily.
May it be beauitiful before you.
may it be beautiful behind you.
May it be beautiful below you.
May it be beautiful above you.
May it be beautiful all around you.
In beauty it is finished.

navajo prayer

5:46 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Best of luck to Si and to all of you making the final ascent. I know it sounds trite, but "Enjoy the view"!!!

Best Wishes

Dave, Polly, Lily & Charlie

5:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Wayne (Cowboy)
Thinking of you - can't wait till your back home. Keep Safe. Karting and Horse riding today.
Hope you are not having to do too much work on the legs!!See you soon.
Love Tom, Tash, Marc, Jen , Kaye, John, Sharon, Brent, Ric Tracy, Luke,Kerry, Ashton. Michael AND ESPECIALLY ANNE MARIE XXXXXOOOOXXXXBONK BONK

2:20 am  
Blogger nic said...

Banrny you nut!!! I had no idea you were going that high. I thought rombok was plenty cold enough. I have finally read all your blogs..so exciting! As for the climbers..well my thoughts and prayers are out there. love you loads nic xxx

7:27 pm  

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