Recieve this update from Summit Climb Expedition Guide Arnold Coster (Jon's expedition):
Tomorrow we will head off to camp 3 at 7200m to start our summit attempt.
The weather is looking good for 19 and 20th, but this morning over 300
climbers sett off to try to summit on the 19th. We will avoid this summit
madness by going for the 20th as well for Everest as Lhotse. The plan is to
summit early morning of the 20th and get back down to C2 the same day, but
first we have to get up at Camp 3 tomorrow and Camp 4 around 8000m the
Today we had some misfortune; we lost our camp 3 due to a small avalanche.
Luckily none off us where up there, so nobody got injured. Unfortunately
some Sherpa's from an other team got injured and had to be helicopter out
from Camp 2 this morning. Fortunately all our gear could be retrieved from
the damaged tents and the avalanche has no major influence on our
Tomorrow morning we will sett off 5am in the morning to avoid the head off
the day and this way we can rest all day in Camp 3 for an other early start
the next morning to go to camp 4. The Lhotse climbers will branch off after
what we call the yellow band to their camp 4 under the Turtle shaped rock.
The Everest climbers will continue to the South Col, where their camp is
From tomorrow I will send daily voice dispatches about our progress,
Arnold Coster, expedition leader
Randy Wyrick of the Vail Daily wrote a very nice article on Jon's Everest Climb: