IMG Everest Expedition Dispatch #19 May 9, 2008

IMG Leader Mark Tucker reports lots of climbers moving up and down on the mountain, now that all restrictions have been lifted. The Army team has now left BC and only the Liaison Officers remain. There are thirteen of the IMG climbers up at Camp 2 tonight, with two at Camp 1. Tomorrow, four of the climbers at C2 will be coming down to BC and the C1 climbers will go up to C2 tomorrow.

Also, tomorrow, three more climbers will leave BC and go to C1 and two more will go direct from BC to C2. Higher up, the Sherpas have been busy, with the route to C3 fixed today. Tomorrow work begins on fixing the upper Lhotse Face, with several IMG Sherpas working with an 8 person multi-team crew to get the Yellow Band fixed, with another 8 sherpas slated to fix into the Col the following day. So far so good!!

Eric Simonson

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