The team completed their descent all the way to Camp 2, almost 20 hours after they departed from the South Col for the summit. (And recall they got little if any actual sleep at Camp 4, so they mush have been really spent by the time they arrived.) After a good night’s rest, they will descend one last time through the Khumbu Icefall to Everest Base Camp, where they will pack up and begin the trek back to civilization. By “civilization” of course, we mean “wi-fi”, and we all look forward to seeing the photos from the final push up the mountain.
Yesterday’s website traffic reached almost 12,000 hits, and we thank all of you who so closely followed this climb. Hopefully as the word of the accomplishment spreads, the team will receive even more widespread recognition. Hundreds of people climb Everest in a typical year, but these guys did it for all the right reasons: to promote esprit de corps in the Air Force, to honor their fallen comrades, and to raise awareness of risk management in saving lives and preventing injury. Please continue to spread their positive message to others!