May 24th, 2006

Advanced Base Camp

Hurray, now it’s my turn to get happy, because the team has come back to the camp safely. I couldn’t get happy while reading your congratulation, happiness messages out of stress. But now, for the first time after a long time, I cried out of happiness, when welcoming our friends.  

The team has reached Camp 1, the North Col. Their speed is very good, we expect them to reach the Advanced Base Camp in several hours. In a while, Elif and Soner will leave to escort the team.

The team is past Camp 2, they’re continuing their descend. They’re moving together, they’re in a very good condition. The weather is clear and quite, but there are clouds in patches.

The whole team has arrived at Camp 3. They started their descend after resting here shortly. The plan is to continue the descend until the advanced base camp today. However, the weather conditions and their tiredness will determine it. The weather is clear and quite but it started to get cloudy in patches. 

Our team made the peak! All of the team members with 3 Sherpas have reached the summit by the time of 5AM. Now, we are waiting for them to return safely. It is too early to be happy. We are deliberate yet. We will try to inform you, as our friends, descent to lower camps. The weather is clear and calm.

Hakan Kocakulak

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