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Greenlight for Second Go-Round
Base Camp -Wednesday, May 1, 2002
Two Fatal Accidents in Himalaya

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Good morning everyone out there, it's evening for us here at Mount Everest Base Camp, this is Willi Prittie reporting for the Alpine Ascents team.

After many days of various weather delays, with snow as well high winds blowing here...greenlight for heading out on our second go-around on the mountain; we'll leave early tomorrow morning.

We'll be leaving about 4am tomorrow ... to try to get through the Icefall while things are as cold and stable as possible, and ideally ... to the top safely. And climbing up to Camp I, then Camp II, and then we'll move all the way up to Camp III, for the first time, at 6,700 meters, or 22,000 feet, about half way up the Lhotse Face.

And then we'll be coming back down the mountain for a recovery period, people will be looking for ...for actually doing the climb.

That's the climb anyway, we'll see what the weather has in store for us early tomorrow morning... working and recovering my health from a little bit of a lung problem I had. I'm feeling 100% now.

All of our climbers are definitely raring to go, are healthy and....

We'll keep you updated from the mountain, from a higher camp on the mountain, and let you know how things are going.

One thing quickly on the fatality that did occur here on the Lhotse Face on Mount Everest yesterday. And we're really saddened to hear that a British climber with another team had a fatal accident up there. It's always a.... for all of us regardless of who may have an accident in that regard and we're always .... so our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of that individual and we hope that ... is to come from this, we'll all be maybe a little bit more focused on our personal safety.

So that's all for now from Everest Base Camp and our reports to you over the next few days will be coming from higher on the mountain.

Willi Prittie, Alpine Ascents International Guide and Correspondent

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