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Last Night at Base Camp

By Mark Tucker - May 28th, 2008 8:11 am GMT -0700

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Mark Tucker here at what should be my last night at Base Camp. Nicky and Dave made it down for brunch today and after breakfast tomorrow they too will start toward Kathmandu. Minutes ago, our last two loads of equipment arrived off the upper mountain.  . . . and Pertemba started at Camp II today and went up to the South Col and returned to base camp  They reported it quite windy up top today, a lucky weather window yesterday. Man those guys are tough. You can imagine about 50 days ago already thinking about this moment. It feels so good to have my team below the Icefall. Yee haw, big scream there. Well, it's been quite a season, we had an Olympic effort by one and all. I'd like to thank our local Kathmandu outfitter, Betty Uhl Adventures, and the incredible local staff that they supplied, without them obviously, tough program there. International Mountain Guides and Eric Simonson, the Mount Everest director, especially GreatOutdoors, and my whole climbing team for the great job they all did, and it's always a pleasure to spend time up in the mountains with Big Wave Dave. Great big thanks to Peter Potterfield for putting together the pieces of this puzzle, thanks so much there, Peter. As Mr. Hahn quoted on the summit of Mount Everest May 27 at 7:27, let's wrap it up.


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