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Snow, Music, Chess & Rest
Base Camp - Wednesday, April 30, 2003

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Hey there cybernauts,

This is Vern Tejas with the Alpine Ascents Mount Everest expedition report. We're here in Base Camp and having a great time at 17,143 feet above sea level. It's been snowing and the weather has been rather inclement and that's the way we like to plan things, take our rest and recuperation when the weather is miserable and then climb when it's beautiful. It helps to have friends in high places. Again, it costs a little more to go first class but it's well worth it.

Today was filled with chess battles between the French and American team. And goodness gracious it's been a tight race and the board has been a flurry of black and white chess pieces and everybody has been enjoying the entertainment. Also today Matthew came back! Matthew has had some bronchitis and he went down to Pheriche, a town that's several thousand feet below Base Camp in order to recuperate. And we're happy to report that after three days of rest and recuperation down below that he is back with us and feeling strong and fit and looking forward to going up.

It was also a day of music. Guitars and playing of the CDs, everybody's enjoyed that a lot; it's one of the things that our team is known for. We have musicians coming in from around Camp to jam with us and play harmonicas, guitars, and a Bodhran, which is an Irish traditional drum. So we're looking forward to more of that it keeps us occupied on these rather miserable days with the snow coming down all day long and very little sunlight.

Stay with us and check in later, we're going to be here for a while waiting for the weather to get better so we can go up to try our next acclimatization up to Camp III.

So stay tuned and ciao for now!




It was also a day of music. Guitars and playing of the CDs, everybody's enjoyed that a lot; it's one of the things that our team is known for. We have musicians coming in from around Camp to jam with us and play harmonicas, guitars, and a Bodhran, which is an Irish traditional drum. So we're looking forward to more of that it keeps us occupied on these rather miserable days with the snow coming down all day long and very little sunlight.

Stay with us and check in later, we're going to be here for a while waiting for the weather to get better so we can go up to try our next acclimatization up to Camp III.

So stay tuned and ciao for now!

Vern Tejas, Alpine Ascents International Guide and MountainZone.com Correspondent

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