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Post #29: Summit Update

Haven't heard directly from Jon yet.  Based on the reports coming in, his Team did not make the summit and may have aborted due to a combination of 300 climbers on the route and high winds returning.  It was a short two day window with winds under 30mph.  Winds ramped up to 40mph on the 20th.  Most teams will not attempt a summit unless the winds are below 30mph.
I just emailed his Team an updated weather forecast.  The next good summit window is May 25-26.  
We're hearing conditions were brutal from Camp 4 to the Summit on the 19th-20th.  The route was packed with climbers moving very slowly.  Frostbite was inevitable.
Jon's Team may descend to a lower camp - most likely back to Basecamp.  They'll regroup, hydrate, and eat 10,000 calories.  They'll turn around the next day and climb back up through the camps to position themselves for a summit attempt on the 25th or 26th.
I'll keep you updated.

4 Comments to Post #29: Summit Update:

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Anonymous on Sunday, May 20, 2012 3:02 PM
Be safe. Keep your feet warm. Do not pull a Unsoeld and Horbein just so you can summit, not worth it.
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christine on Sunday, May 20, 2012 9:45 PM
thinking about Jon today. Sending positive thoughts & vibes!
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Deb Brookes on Monday, May 21, 2012 4:03 AM
Thanks for the update. What a precarious position to be in...with the mountain and Mother Nature dictating their every move. It doesn't help to have the mountain clogged with climbers either. Safety first.
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Jules on Monday, May 21, 2012 7:05 AM
Jon... I've been quiet here but I've read every post and been following closely. Praying that you will get the chance to achieve your dream without cost to your safety. You're dedicated and trained... Continue to be patient, strong and don't give up hope regardless of any outcome. We miss you, we're proud of you, and we're thinking of you!

-"The C-Streeters"
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