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Back Safely to Camp IV

By Ed Viesturs - May 19th, 2009 4:33 am GMT -0700

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Hey everyone. It’s about 2:30 in the afternoon. It’s Ed Viesturs calling, Camp IV. We have returned.

We left last night at about 11:00 under beautiful skies. We had a phenomenal day. And there was some crowding on the route. We managed to pass some people, some of us better then the others, and the first group of us to reach the summit, myself not included, was Peter Whittaker on the summit at about 8:00am, Jake Norton, and John Gribber. So about a 9 hour ascent to the summit. It could have been a lot quicker had we not been dealing with traffic problems. I tried to do my best to get in and out of traffic and got to the summit about 8:30 in the morning. So it got a little blustery on top. We spent probably an hour on the summit and we got back here at Camp IV at 1:00 in the afternoon. So about a 14 hour round trip.

Conditions were good. The weather was almost perfect. You could see forever. The only drawback, in my opinion, I would say was the traffic that we had to deal with. A lot of bottlenecks, a lot of just standing around really going nowhere but that’s pretty much what you sign up for these days.

I’ll call again tomorrow. We’re going to spend the night again here at Camp IV. We’re pretty hammered, we don’t have the energy …(satellite transmission fails)


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This is a very exciting day

This is a very exciting day for myself and all the members of your fan club Ed. Way to go! Enjoy the thick Camp 4 air!

Posted on May 19, 2009 - 6:23am
by Nick Boudreau

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