Greetings to everybody out there in cyberland, this is the Alpine Ascents 2002 Everest Expedition, Willi reporting from Camp IV South Col. Yes everybody we did a good long day today and we are up here ensconced in our tents, very quickly getting in our sleeping bags. It's about an eight- to nine-hour trip and when we got up here it was a little on the nasty side with 15-knot wind and snow and rime blowing through the South Col.
We were exceptionally pleased with the very hard work of our Sherpas, setting the tents up and also our Sherpa cook having some nice hot ramen soup available for us all here when we got here.
So we're looking forward to a rest and recovery cycle here on oxygen tonight and we're going to also take most of the day tomorrow as a rest day to recover from our labors today and prepare for the actual summit bid to be coming up shortly.
As it is right now, everybody is doing well, tired, a bit short of breath up here when we're not breathing oxygen here at just under 26,000 feet but that's to be expected.
But we are looking forward to a good night's sleep, a rest day day tomorrow and onward toward the summit.
Willi Prittie, Alpine Ascents International Guide and MountainZone.com Correspondent
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