Everest Summit 2002

Friday, April 30, 2010

Getting Ready

I would not feel very comfortable walking underneath the boulder pictured at left and much less sleeping in the tents below. This is one of the high camps (to give you some perspective on the size of the mountain and the challenges). This picture was taken in 2007.
The wind continues at BC but the weather overall has improved. Sherpas are very busy traveling to high camps fixing ropes and rerouting the way to the top. Because of the avalanche, climbers are not able to follow the previous path to higher camps. The new route allows climbers to avoid the remaining overhang that poses a threat. According to Julio, the route up to camp 3 is ready, and some climbers are on their way. Some teams are planning to reach the summit May 12- if weather allows. Julio feels much better and expects to resume ascending the day after tomorrow. He is now working on the logistics of each camp and time calculations for the up-and-down routine. If everything goes as expected he will be at the top within two more weeks.


  1. Greetings from Trempealeau Julio! Dale and I are following your blog. Our grandaughter in the fifth grade at Viking Elementary/Holmen thinks you came to speak to her class. She's reading a mountain climbing book and said her teacher is a climber. Please take care, you're in our prayers. Hey, how about that, I'm a poet and don't know it. Kitty and Dale R

  2. Julio, went to Ants' memorial. Very touching. He was a man of great faith. The stars must be magnificent where you are. Ants will be amongst them. Maribel paints a very nice picture. Congrats on another Julio in the family. You will have lots to share. Keep warm, take care. Wayne