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Post #32: 2nd Summit Attempt: Climb of a Lifetime

Talked with Jon this morning at-length.  He's packed, primed, and highly motivated for a 2nd attempt at the summit of Mt. Everest.  A climb of a lifetime.
The good news: Jon's plan is more well-suited to how we typically climb mountains together: Light & Fast.  It's a philosophy we used and perfected during our groundbreaking summer project,
Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys
.  Jon will be joined by two very fast, strong Sherpas according to team guide Arnold Coster.  They will skip two intermediate camps in their ascent - a process rarely ever done.  This will limit their exposure.
I briefed Jon on the weather forecast.  There's a tiny 24-hour weather window that Jon will hit - he should summit early on May 26th.  The winds will back-off briefly but not completely.  Winds speeds may still gust to 40mph at times near the summit.  It will be touch and go for Jon and his Team.  Winds come back strong on the 27th, so if Jon doesn't hit the window then I told him to abort.  

Jon expects about 100 climbers attempting to hit this weather window.  But, he says Basecamp is pretty much a ghost town with most teams packing-up and heading home.  The sound of helicopter rotor-chop is constant.

Jon shot video, photos, and is keeping a very detailed account of what he saw, experienced and what other climbers said.  He's been typing for hours on his mini-laptop.  Jon's the kind of guy who can think clearly and make the right decision at high altitudes - i've seen it countless times over the years.  No doubt Jon was able to snap some incredible photos and video that no one else was able to get. 

Keep Jon in your prayers and thoughts!  Amat Victoria Curam

-CT 


8 Comments to Post #32: 2nd Summit Attempt: Climb of a Lifetime:

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Valerie Chapman-Stockwell on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:09 AM
Thinking of you and wishing you all the best in achieving the summit. Vaya con Dios.
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Amanda S on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:51 AM
Prayers and best wishes for an efficient and safe journey to the roof of the world, Dr. K! From a simple armchair climber who lives vicariously through your blog and appreciates a man who goes after his dreams. Carry on, good sir!
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Kevin Lamontagne on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:01 PM
Praying for your safety and a successful summit and descent.
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Mom & Dad on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:38 PM
Jonny: Great talking to you this morning! Be safe and talk to you when you are down to basecamp. See you next week! Bless you, Mom and Dad
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Amy Guercio on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:53 PM
We are following your progress every day in the fourth grade classrooms. We have been watching Chris on Channel 2 for any news about you. You will have to stop by your sister's classroom in the fall to talk to this group when they are fifth graders. This is a great learning experience! Thank you and good luck. We will be thinking of you all week and weekend! Stay safe!
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Godspeed From Matt on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:37 PM
Best Wishes. Summiting is optional. Getting home safe is not.
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Sal Noureddine on Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:22 PM
Hello Jon, my daughter is friends with your cousin katelyn. Looking forward to meeting you after a successful journey.
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Dustin Zartman on Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:33 PM
Would love to hear you reached the summit but if you don't then that's nothing to be ashamed of. You've been to a place in the world that many have dreamed of but the difference is you had the courage to do it. Be safe and hopefully you remember the summit isn't everything, your safety is of the most importance, can't wait to hear of your story once you make it back down to sea level.. God Speed and keep yourself safe
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