We depart tonight at 3 am

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I swore that I wouldn’t fool with internet here but my cellular texts weren’t getting out and I wanted to keep everyone abreast. We flew in from Namche two days ago and have been readying for our push. Today we double checked our oxygen system, repacked necessary climbing gear and solidified our olans. (We have no real leadership here, no one has heard from our expedition leader in weeks. He is apparently at camp 2, where we head directly from base camp tonight) .Fortunately, we are all self sufficient climbers with very competent Sherpa.

I have implored our Sirdar, Kaji, to relay daily updates via the summit climb news website. I do have faith in him because you folks deserve to know that things are progressing as expected.

Your comments are out of this world, thanks to you who have taken time to post, and thanks Myers for the updated weather. Right now, our expected summit day, the 22 isn’t looking great. But that’s a ways off and it will change. Laurel will let you know what she knows.

I leave you with a photo of an avalanche coming off Nuptse this morning. That’s my tent in the foreground, totally safe, of course. They are a frequent occurrence here on Mt. Everest as Spring and Summer collide.

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17 Responses

  1. Jeff G.

    Good luck, John. Photos are incredible. Love following your journey!

  2. AJ Sisson

    Enjoy a safe, successful summit. Thinking of you in your adventure.

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  4. Mark C.

    With you on every step, praying for great weather. Stay safe and healthy my friend!!!

  5. Mary

    Praying that you have a successful and safe summit. Remember, that’s only half the trip.

  6. UL

    Prayers and positivity your way, brother! Time for the push. Apprehensive a bit, but glad it’s here!
    Stay strong and stay smart and may the mountain be kind!
    To the summit!!

  7. Shana Hudson

    Love and prayers!!!! I read your blogs to the kids and they are amazed and fearful at the same time. We are believing in faith, that God will provide a way, and give you the courage, wisdom, and strength, and returned to us safely!!!

  8. Janet Weatherly

    The Weatherly’s are proud of you and wishing you Godspeed. Keith & Janet Weatherly

  9. Angie Lay Davis

    Continuing prayers for you for good weather, safety and SUMMIT!! I’m so excited for you!! Whoever thought all of those years ago, tromping around in the Lakemore “canyon” that one of us would one day stand at the top of the world!?! Just wow!!! I can’t wait to read the book about this climb!! Best of luck to you, my friend!!

    Angie ☺

  10. rob spire

    Hang in there Chief. Anxious to hear word of your summit. Sounds like it may have happened. God Speed.!

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