We are all safely back in Base Camp after a very successful summit on May 23rd, 2010.
I'm afraid we will need to keep this short as is a lot going on here in Base Camp and we have lots of work to do, but we wanted to pass along the news that 18 members of the Mountain Trip 2010 Everest Expedition reached the summit at just after 9am!!! All 7 of our climbers and 11 members of our Sherpa Team stood together on top in very good weather.
We spent well over 30 minutes on the summit as there was just a light wind, the skies were clear and the views were amazing! We tried to take in as much as possible from the top before we had to start down to the South Col. Before getting back near the area known as the Balcony, we were caught by the afternoon convective clouds and increasing winds and snow made for some very low visibility.
Back in Camp 4 it continued to snow and blow hard all night, which more or less shut the mountain down, although we did hear that a group made the summit in poor conditions. What crazy weather, from super good to whiteout and blowing. Anyways, we're here in Base Camp and everyone is doing very well. We are thrilled that on our entire trip there were no injuries or frost bite, and everyone is very, very happy, although pretty tired after some long days.
We will post lots more photos and stories on our way downhill! Yahoo!
Scott Woolums reporting from Everest Base Camp.