Julio called today from Camp 1 a.k.a. the North Col. Due to the avalanche, the route had been changed and Julio found it more difficult. He was coughing a lot again. It continues to snow, which makes it harder to move. But they reached their goal for today. They plan to spend the night at Camp 1 and move back tomorrow. Julio and Lhakpa Gelu were celebrating the fact that several Sherpas had reached the summit from the South side.
I was able to talk to Lhakpa Gelu and wish him well. I mentioned his celebrity status and he laughed. He was all business, though, when it comes to the expedition- very positive. He reassured me that they are cautious and that everything is going according to plan. I was impressed his English had improved so much since a year ago when I talked to him last. Like Julio always says, “Sherpas are outstanding people."
GPS location Date/Time:05/06/2010 04:24:26 CDT
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Message: Hi, how is everybody? Thanks for your messages. Things are going very well here on Everest. Julio
This is a message Julio sent today from the North Col. Tingri, Rikaze, and Tibet refer to the surrounding locations, and they will be part of the message even if it is sent from the summit. The spot mark is where they have their new tent- according to Julio.