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At the South Col Poised for Summit Bid

By Dave Hahn - May 23rd, 2010 8:22 am GMT -0700

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This is Dave Hahn calling from 8,000 meters up at Camp IV at South Col. And we got up here this morning, my group is now six climbers, myself, Leif Whittaker, Michael Brown, Seth Waterfall, Casey Grom and Scott Jones, and there are six of us so 8 Sherpas up here right now as well. And we got up no problem this morning, we had a really calm night at Camp III on the Lhotse Face, that helped a lot, we got an early start 6:30 a.m. in perfect conditions. No trouble climbing up through the yellow band and the Geneva spur. Beautiful views, and including beautiful views of the South Summit. We watched climbers up on the South Summit it was pretty dramatic with a big plume sailing away behind them. But lots of people made the summit today, but very stressful once we were up here at high camp watching and waiting for people to get down okay. There were some of the usual, well, scary moments while we listened to people trying to deal with problems way up high at 28,000 feet. So far it seems like everybody is doing pretty well getting down. It’s 4 p.m. It’s not wonderful weather here at the moment, it is cloudy, white out, snowing a little bit, a little bit of wind, but we expect that to moderate a little bit and give us a chance to get a start out of here tonight, but I’ll call you later and let you know how that goes. It’s all coming right down to it now. Bye

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