Waiting on good weather
Tough decisions for the Seattle team
23 May - Seattle plans
We are sitting in our wonderful dining tent discussing plans, well, mainly the Seattle team. Michael has summitted, sounds rough, but feels good. Now comes the toughest decisions; we have discussed the weather, there is no obvious window until at least 29 May, well into the guess-field.
Ambrose has a chest infection but is getting better, almost back to normal. Scott has been quiet, he has pulled a breathing muscle or perhaps cracked a rib, but is only uncomfortable at night. He says he doesn't need to head back up - doesn't ever have to come back, there are plenty of other mountains that have draw. Ryan has the most contradictory thoughts, really would like to summit, but having a 'debrief' has distilled his thoughts, but only to the point where he can't decide.
Michael says that summitting was a personal satisfaction, the highest peak in the world really is a lot tougher than people think, he says.
What is their final decision? you might have to wait...
23 May - our plans
We are waiting good weather out - how long for, we are not sure, but at the moment we are in for the long haul, and the first possible window is 28-29 May, and doesn't look particularly hopeful yet.
Today our second trekking group arrived, a couple had turned back but everyone else was looking surprisingly well. They are staying at Changtse BC, a couple of hours down but came up for lunch. Not sure if we put them off or not!
I think it is beer o'clock! We have been here long enough...
And later tonight or tomorrow we will post Michael's summit pix and dispatch.
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