From stu in the usa office
Oc1 1, 2010
Fabrizio called in from C2 to let us know that all is well! He and Luis and Siddhi and Gordon are enjoying a zero wind afternoon at 7000m and enjoying a last acclimatization run. In the morning they will amble up the slopes a bit (wind permitting) and then drop back to bc to rest. There are reports of good windows possible in the Oct 6 to Oct 10 period and we'll hope one of those strengthens in the days ahead. They have yaks planned for the 11th so can consider a bid on the 9th and perhaps even the 10th.
Fabrizio reported that one german climber has returned from the top today and that another group is staged in c3 and going for the top tonight. The one summiteer did report continued dangerous conditions but the fact that he was able to go through to the plateau bodes well for out team in a few days!
In the next few days we'll be watching the weather carefully and making a summit bid plan. It is exciting to have the possibility of the summit open up again after a very difficult stretch. No doubt that patience remains a key in 8000m climbing and seems our team has a healthy dose of it in their systems!
Fabrizio has left an audio dispatch from 7000m - enjoy!
Field Touring Alpine Audio Dispatches