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Descending Toward Base Camp
May 24, 1997
by Liesl Clark

Voices from all camps on Everest are coming through the radio this morning as people are beginning the big move down and off the mountain. Dave Carter and Ed Viesturs are at Camp III and will be moving, with Guy Cotter, down to Camp II and possibly down to Base Camp today. It remains critical to get Carter to Base Camp as soon as possible, as he continues to suffer from the effects of high altitude. All are communicating with us regularly by radio.

David Breashears, Pete Athans, Veikka Gustafsson, and Tashi Tenzing are beginning their move down from Camp IV and will join Ed, Carter, and Guy for the descent from Camp III to II. All will report in from II to let us know if they will continue down to Base Camp. The winds are high on the South Col (Camp I V) and everyone is making a hasty retreat down as quickly as possible.

Late last night, John Tinker's group reported that one of their Mexican climbers, by the name of Hugo, was last seen on the South Summit and had not returned to the South Col. As of early this morning, all teams that were attempting the summit today—including Todd Burleson's team and a team of Sherpas going up for a rescue attempt - were turned back due to high winds. Several attempts have been made since then and we've all been holding out for the possibility of his return. At this writing, Jamie Clarke from the Canadian team who is on the South Col reports that he sees a Sherpa approaching Hugo who is ambulatory and moving down toward Camp IV. It is feared he may have severe frostbite.

We will report back when everyone is down safely here at Base Camp.

June 10, 1997: Back Home (27)
May 25, 1997: Climbers Return to Base Camp (26)
May 24, 1997: Descending Toward Base Camp (25)
May 23 PM, 1997: NOVA Climbers Safely Off the Summit (24)
May 23 AM, 1997: NOVA Climbers Reach the Summit! (23)
    Hear the archived live audio broadcast from the summit
    Read the transcript of the broadcast from the summit
May 22, 1997: Bid for the Summit (22)
May 21, 1997: Helicopter Crashes at Everest Base Camp (21)
May 20, 1997: Moving On Up (20)
May 19, 1997: Poised at Camp II (19)
May 18, 1997: Departing for Camp II (18)
May 17, 1997: Dead Sherpa Found on Khumbu Glacier (17)
May 16, 1997: Jet Stream Winds Blast Camp II (16)
May 13, 1997: Receiving News from the North Side (15)
    May 13, 1997: RealAudio Interview with David Breashears
May 11, 1997: Five Climbers Presumed Dead on the North Side (14)
May 10, 1997: The Waiting Game (13)
May 9, 1997: Pulmonary Edema Evacuation from Base Camp (12)
May 8, 1997: A Hasty Retreat to Base Camp (11)
May 7, 1997: Sherpa Falls To His Death On The Lhotse Face (10)
May 6, 1997: Spin: A Passenger to the Summit (9)
May 5, 1997: Delayed at Advance Base Camp (8)
May 4, 1997: NOVA Climbers Leave Base Camp for Their Summit Attempt (7)
May 1, 1997: NOVA Team Prepares for Summit Attempt (6)
April 26, 1997: Indonesian Expedition First to Summit in 1997 (5)
April 23, 1997: Expedition Leader Dies at Everest Base Camp (4)
April 22, 1997: Japanese Expedition Pulls Out (3)
April 16, 1997: Traffic Reports on Everest (2)
April 14, 1997: Rescue Season Begins (1)



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