Mount Everest or
Qomolangma or Sagarmatha or Chomolungma is
the highest mountain on Earth, as measured
by the height of its summit above sea level.
The mountain is located on the border
between Nepal and Tibet, China. As of the
end of the 2006 climbing season, there have
been 3,050 ascents to the summit, by 2,062
individuals, and 203 people have died on the
Below you can read the updates made from the
mountain as Rex made his push for both the summit
and another step towards his dream!
UPDATE 1Monday 30th May 2005 Caroline’s
Hi to All,
Well right now the mood at Everest Base Camp has
dropped dramatically I am afraid to say. The
weather has come in this afternoon really quite
aggressively and there are some high lenticular
clouds which loom overhead.
It is 20minutes to 8pm with us. Right now at the
South Col the wind is blowing hard, it is snowing
and all in all the conditions aren't favoring a
summit attempt. The guys will be woken soon via
radio call and will be required to assess their
options which aren't many! Basically the cut off
is 11pm. By then the weather will either have
improved and they will leave the South Col and
make an attempt or the weather will not have
cleared and it will be too late to wait any
longer to make an attempt for the morning. If
they left any later than 11pm they would not
arrive on the summit until late morning/noon
tomorrow, and their descent back to the South Col
would be much more risky as it would be late in
the afternoon when the weather comes in.
That was even a bit of a problem today; due to
the summit congestion people were summiting late,
descending late and have been caught up in the
bad weather. Rumor has it that there are people
that still have not come into camp! I hope that
rumor proves wrong because conditions are bad up
So we have to stand by and wait and wait and
wait. We are waiting for the teams to make their
decisions, which probably won't happen until
around 10-11pm anyway and we have to wait and see
what the weather does up high.
Hopefully the weather will clear just as quickly
as it came in and it'll be a crystal clear night.
We just have to wait and see. If the weather is
atrocious and they can't make an attempt they
will follow through with plan B and stay at the
South Col tonight and try to make a bid for the
1st and leave the South Col tomorrow night. The
bad news is the forecast for the 1st looks pretty
grim with really high winds and bad wind chill.
It is silent in the communication tent right now,
even though there are quite a few people in here,
there is just nothing we can do and everyone is
feeling down a contrast from the excitement of
this morning. I have a small glimmer of hope that
this weather will clear but things change so so
quickly up here it is just impossible to tell.
Well that's all for now, I'll fill you all in on
UPDATE 2 – Tuesday 31st of May
Hi all! Again!
Well the winds haven't died down up at the South
Col but the new weather forecast that just came
in has confirmed our fears that the winds are
only going to increase over the next few days. In
light of that most of the IMG team is setting off
as I write this on their summit bids. Rex and Ed
are 5mins away from leaving camp, and most of the
others are currently putting on crampons and
packs, a task that takes about 5-10mins up high.
So feet are moving up high. For better or worse,
it throws sharply into light that the team must
be super aware of what their bodies are capable
off especially in the wind and the cold, and that
they need to be prepared to make the hardest
decision of their lives - to turn around if
circumstance demands it.
We are hoping that the high winds that they are
experiencing in the Col at the moment are
characteristic of the South Col, it is a natural
wind funnel and we all have our fingers crossed
tightly, our knuckles white, that as the guys
move out above the Col the winds won't be so
strong, and as the night progresses they drop
significantly. It might not be the ideal summit
morning but if they reach the top or give it
their best shot and come down safely that is all
that matters. I just pray that Rex and co. don't
get 1hr out of camp to have to turn around, we'll
just have to see.
Just had radio confirmation that Rex, Da Sona
Sherpa and Ed just walked out of camp! Let's pray
and hope and wish for the very very very best.
It's going to be a sleepless one tonight!
Until the next news...
Well it's half four in the morning here, and we
are huddled in our sleeping bags on therm-a-rests
sleeping on ice and rocks! It's freezing but this
is serious comfort and luxury compared to what
Rex and the IMG team are facing up high! It is
still blowing hard but the cloud plume coming off
the summit seems to have abated from what the
support Sherpa Ang Pasang can see from the South
Col. Let's hope that means the winds are
continuing to drop. It is certainly breathless at
base camp and the stars are shinning!
Rex just recently left the Balcony after changing
oxygen bottles, leaving a half empty bottle at
the Balcony and replacing it with a full one for
the summit and back down. The going is slow as it
is quite congested again tonight with crowds. 39
people had left the South Col by 11pm, so there
is a lot of people on the trail. It is windy up
high so they really need to monitor their hands
and feet because it will be absolutely freezing
up there. Very much an environment to foster
frost bite, hopefully as the sun comes up in
about 30mins that will warm things up a bit.
Fingers crossed that the guys are able to keep
going and that they successfully and safely
summit. The going is tough tonight and the radio
communication is difficult with the range and the
weather, so most communication is coming relayed
through Ang Pasang.
I will keep you guys up to date...
Tensions are running really high! Rex and Ed have
reached the South Summit and from there have
2-3hrs till reaching the summit. It's windy and
cold still, and we can see the clouds coming in
from down valley. We just had a radio
transmission from one of the Singapore team (a
separate IMG team) and he said that the winds
were about 40-50 knots but were slowing down
slightly, but that is very subject to change.
Haven't heard from Rex and Ed directly but Da
Sona (Rex's personal Sherpa) radioed the South
Col saying that they were feeling fit and strong
and were continuing. Everyone else from the IMG
team have now turned around and are making their
way back to the South Col. It was just too cold
and windy, and they made the decision to turn
I'm feeling really anxious as I am sure everyone
is, and I will keep close ear out for any changes
or decisions made. Sending luck up the mountain!
Rex is at the base of the Hilary Step ascending
up, that should take 15mins or so depending on
stamina, then from the top of the Hilary step the
summit is about 30mins away. It is an exposed
ridge though and the winds are up and it is very
overcast, so not the most beautiful glorious
summit weather but hey a summit at all would be
Geez I am a gittery mess, excited and really
really nervous! The guys radioed in and sounded
pretty whipped, totally exhausted and apparently
its cold, their fingers are warm but their toes
are struggling. I think it is sheer determination
and mind power that is keeping their bodies
moving right now, just one more hour! PLEASE!
Then the descent which is also a challenge,
repelling the Hilary step with people coming up
can be very dangerous, especially when the guys
are exhausted and hypoxic. So they must keep just
enough energy in store to get back down!
One more hour! We will probably all know the
outcome of so much work from Rexy and support
from his main financial sponsors Kumuka and AAPT
as well as the sponsors supporting him by
providing the gear that is keeping him warm and
protected right now and the gear enabling us to
keep everyone up to date with his progress.
Thankyou so much to the following who have showed
Rex so much support in various way
Peak Teams, Panasonic toughbook, Larry Adler,
Adidas Eyewear, Techhead Interactive, Human
Potential Consulting, Power House Pilates.
And to all those loved ones out there, friends
and family, without you Rex wouldn't be nearly at
the top of the world, it means so much to have
that support from home and getting him here in
the first place.
You'll hear from me shortly..with some seriously
exciting news.. (fingers crossed).
REX IS 15MINS AWAY FROM BEING THE YOUNGEST
AUSTRALIAN TO STAND ON THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT
SUMMIT! Rex Pemberton - Youngest Australian to
summit Mount Everest 2005 - SUCCESS!!!!!!
Rex summited Mount Everest at 8.45 this
What an amazingly, intense experience with a
brilliant outcome! He's done it - all that hard
work has really paid off! I can't express the
feeling - overjoyed, excited, relieved, exhausted
and still slightly anxious (he still has the
descent ahead of him, its not half over until
they are half way down!) This whole thing is so
Rex sounded great as I spoke to him on the radio
and welcomed him to the top of the world. It was
unbelievable speaking to him knowing that he was
at the highest point on the earth! He told me (in
true Rex style) to put his "Everest Fat Lady" a
San Miguel beer to celebrate his successes on the
mountain on ice!! He'll enjoy that one as he
hasn't had a beer at all since he started the
trek to Base Camp (discounting the Puja festival
which is different).
He was exhausted but in really high spirits and
just like our Rexy! He took a few photos, put the
Aussie flag on the summit and headed down. The
weather is coming in quickly and isn't ideal so
they will want to be getting down nice and
quickly and safely before the winds really pick
up this afternoon, he will probably arrive at the
South Col mid afternoon and stay there tonight,
descend to ABC (Camp 2) tomorrow and the next day
be back here for a few celebratory beers! Then
we'll evacuate and head home for the big party!!!
Thanks guys for all your support, I will let you
all know when Rex arrives safe at Camp 4 for the
For me it's time for a nap!!