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20 May: Update from Camp 2

It’s really annoying to find a missed call on your cell phone and realize you missed a call from Everest! Nonetheless, Rob did check in this morning (early evening in Nepal) to confirm that all six climbers were back at Camp 2 and chilling out in the comparatively “thick air.” Most of them had developed nagging coughs, not unlike the Khumbu cough, but exaggerated by breathing extremely dry air and oxygen. They may even elect to spend one more day resting before making the final descent to Base Camp through the icefall..there is certainly no need to rush, and the icefall is a demanding section that requires everyone to be on their A game. They will be trying to rehydrate and force down some food…Rob reported that most of them only consumed about 300 calories on the long day of the summit push. And of course, they’ll be allowing sore knees to recover a bit, after a long 8000′ descent in a single day!

We hope everyone will stay tuned, as we expect to get some photos from the team within a few days. Traffic on the website caused it to crash this morning, and we apologize for that…but we certainly appreciate all the interest!

Climbers in the Khumbu Icefall.

Climbers in the Khumbu Icefall.