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Scott Woolums reporting from Everest Base Camp.

After much analysis of a variety of forecasts, we have decided that a window of lower winds starting May 19th looks like it will be hopeful for a summit attempt. We will be checking that every day for any changes, but it looks good. So the whole team is off tomorrow morning at 4am for Camp 2. We are planning a couple days there to rest and reacclimatize, then move up to Camp 3, Camp 4 and the summit. Right now it looks to be the 19th. But no promises as the weather has been fickle and the forecasts even more so. Everyone is ready, healthy and happy to be on the move. We will post more over the next few days, but for now everyone is excited to be heading up and doing some last minute packing in preparation for our 4 am departure tomorrow.

Scott Woolums reporting from Everest Base Camp.

Its been a super busy week with a big push up to Camp 1 at 20,500 ft. for 2 nights, then on up to Camp 2 at 21,700 ft. The whole team is moving well. Up in Camp 2 I definitely had some issues with a bad cough, so the next morning returned here to Base Camp to recover some. Not a serious problem, just the only way these things can clear is by being at a lower altitude. Chris Davenport and Neal made a few turns up on the side of Nuptse this rotation, Yahoo! Some photos from Camp 1 and up to Camp 2.

Scott Woolums reporting from Everest Base Camp

Update from Kathmandu!

Yesterday morning Bills group, including Ephi, Chris, Neil and 3 trekkers flew into Lukla…in helicopters! Perfect day and Bill sent a message saying everything is going well from Phakding. Newall, Irenuz and I will be flying in tomorrow morning to start our trek. Including 2 other trekkers. The plan is to meet the other team after a few days. Lots of time, we are actually a few days ahead of our schedule last year. All of us are looking forward to getting out on the trail and away from the gritty streets of Kathmandu.

Scott Woolums in Kathmandu, Nepal

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our whole team is here now. Lots of projects mixed with great mini adventures around town! Had our briefing and received our climbing permit today. Out to Dwarikas for dinner. An old completely restored Rana Palace, that’s one of the nicest places in town. Awesome meal! See menu! Off to the Shymabunath Temple this morning, photos later! Bill, Neiol, Chris and EPhi will be off to Lukla tomorrow. I will stay for a couple more days to make sure things are in order before flying into start the trek to Base Camp! Yahoo, it all begins again!

Scott in Kathmandu, Nepal

Quick update! In Kathmandu and off for another Everest expedition! Very nice to be back, seeing lots of friends. Kathmandu is the same as always. Enjoying just being here at the Yak and Yeti hotel. A small oasis within utter chaos! Lots of projects but will keep updating every few days, all the way to the summit and back! So far Gregg, Debbie, Newall, Diane, Bill and myself are here now. Ephi, Chris and Neil are due in this afternoon.

Scott from Kathmandu, Nepal

A long time down south, way south! I will post separate posts for each trip we did. Simply the most amazing season ever yet in Antarctica. The season started with on time flights straight into the new Base Camp this year on the Union Glacier, then directly out to Vinson Base Camp where Andy Holzner and Team and myself managed to do a very fast Vinson expedition in perfect weather. Andy is totally blind, what a lesson in determination and capabilities! Several days of great AT skiing before and after in super light Antarctic Feather Powder!

Next up was an unplanned opportunity to guide a "Ski the Last Degree" expedition, with 2 days to prep! Off we flew to 89 degrees south with a small team of Chinese to ski the last 60 or so miles to the South Pole. That went very well (still thawing out from that!). Quite a feeling being out so far and watching the sun spin circles overhead. The sun never sets and changes 15 degrees almost every hour. Quite disorienting! So my first time to the South Pole, Yahoo!

Back to the Union Glacier for a few days, then back out to the South Pole, this time to hang out for 5 days with Richard Parks, retired Rugby Star and super nice guy. Spent New Year’s there and had an opportunity to Kite Ski every day! Spectacular Parhelions every day! see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parhelic_circle .

And then another supposed quick trip back to the South Pole, an overnight that turned into 4 days this time with another ANI guide, Winslow and her Chinese Team, also Neil (there for an overnight camping adventure!) and David Rootes. We all made the most of some quite bad weather this time before flying again back to the Union Glacier.

Spent quite awhile here guiding clients on various skiing and climbing adventures. 4 ascents of the local Mt Rossman including a couple first ski descents. Perfect kiting conditions most evenings. A lot of delays this year with the Illyshin-76 aircraft taking people to/from Chile. So camp here was a busy place most of January.

Then the trip I had been waiting for since the start of the season, guiding an expedition out to the quite remote Mt. Sidley in the Marie Byrd Land region of Antarctica. 550 miles out from BC to the highest volcano in Antarctica. It’s one of the new seven volcanic summits of the world. An interesting opportunity that turned into a fast and successful adventure up a new route and quite probably the second ascent of the mountain itself. Sidley is a huge volcano with half the crater blown apart very much like St Helens, yet still 14,000 ft. high. A relatively easy route leads up the East ridge which we did in 44 hours out of our Base Camp climbing and skiing 23 of those hours. We had flown out in a turbine converted DC-3 aircraft which waited for us at BC. Very nice to ski right onto the plane and fly back quickly. Lots more on this soon.

Scott

Summit last trip from North Side Everest!

Summit last trip from North Side Everest!

Just back from Aconcagua. A great trip with Jona and David. Awesome winter (antarctic summer) season down in Anatrctica. 3 Vinson summits and a lot of kiting and backcountry skiing. Amazing crew there, lots of fun! Now for the south side of Everets this spring with Brian and Johnny!