IMG Everest Expedition Dispatch #9 April 11, 2008

IMG leaders Tucker and Jangbu report that the team is doing well at Khumbu Base Camp. Yesterday the climbers and Sherpas worked on building the BC helicopter landing pad, in case of the need for emergency evacuation arises. Since the glacier is constantly moving, this needs to be rebuilt each year.

Landing a helicopter at 17,000 feet is always tricky, and having a good flat heli pad, up on top of a small hill (not too close to the camp!) can make all the difference. The Lobuche Peak team has now descended down to Lobuche. The Icefall route is almost completed to Camp 1 now. We'll keep you posted!

Eric Simonson

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