Chapman friends John and Ryan Dahlem are continuing their climb up Mt. Everest – last time we checked in on them, they had just started their trek; now they are on acclimatization rotations, climbing from Base Camp up to Camps I (19,500 ft.) and II (21,000 ft.) and then descending again, to get their bodies and brains used to the rarified atmosphere and weather conditions. The Dahlems, father and son, are carrying the well-traveled Chapman pennant that usually resides in the case in the Doti-Struppa Mountaineering Alcove in the Leatherby Libraries between its trips up the highest mountains in the world (it’s been up Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and Vinson with President Doti and Cho Oyu with the Dahlems). Here’s the latest post from the Everest expedition blog (International Mountain Guides) — follow their progress on the
Climbers Resting and Preparing to Move Up Again
April 29, 2010
IMG leader Justin Merle reports from BC that the climbers from C2 descended today to the thick air and good food at Base Camp. Over the next few days, after their rest days, the climbers will start heading back up on their second acclimatization rotations. First to leave will be the Hybrid team; Mike Hamill reports that his crew is rested and ready to go to C1 tomorrow if the weather looks OK.
We now have 22 Sherpas up at C2 and tomorrow 20 of them plan to go to the Col with loads, while two will go to C3 to start putting in that camp. If all goes according to plan, it might be possible to send the summit rope-fixing Sherpas to the Col as early as the 4th or 5th.
—Eric Simonson, IMG Director