Terry Kelleher called in a nice update from camp 2 at about 21,500′ today. Terry climbed up two days ago with most of our team, and Jacob Schmitz, our Lead Guide for this joint Mountain Trip / Mountain Madness Everest Expedition, caught up with the group by pushing up from Base Camp to Camp 2 in just eight hours today.
The team rested today, conserving their energy in preparation for pushing higher on the mountain tomorrow. They plan to awaken early and head up to Camp 3 at about 5:30 in the morning, bundled in their down suits to guard against the bitter cold. They are currently looking at a lull in the high winds that have been buffeting the summit, which could present itself in the next couple of days.
A couple teams made summit bids today, but were turned back by the high winds. It has been very, very windy up high for a long while this season. Everyone is excited to take a shot at the top, and let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the dip in the wind appears, as it looks in the forecast!