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Summit Push Recap

[update 5/24: There are a number of summit pictures on: https://picasaweb.google.com/wolpin] I’m not sure how to start this. What a trip! I’m in my tent at base camp, on hold with my travel agency in Seattle and stuck in a message loop encouraging me to ‘look for a little adventure’ It’s 2:30am and my sleep cycle
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SAFELY DOWN to Base Camp!!

SAFELY DOWN to Base Camp!!

SWEETFCers, Kelly here with a final update: Let the party begin!!!!!!  Seth is now safe and sound at base camp, coughing a lot but soothing his throat with a much deserved Everest Beer.  At this point, I’ll turn the blog back over to him.  He should be able to write an update of his own
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Descending… now at Camp IV

Descending… now at Camp IV

Hello SWEETFCers, I just heard from Seth again – it’s just after 10pm on Thursday in Seattle and he’s back down to Camp IV.  He’s exhausted but sounds great.  Here are some of the details he shared with me, in no particular order: * It was gorgeous at the top – more mountains than he’s
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Descending… sleeping at Camp III

Descending… sleeping at Camp III

Happy Friday the 13th, SWEETFCers! Kelly here with another update: What a frustrating day for the Blogger website to go down for maintenance!  I know a lot of folks have been anxiously awaiting news here and Blogger, meanwhile, has been moving backwards – removing posts from the last several days.  By the time this posts,
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At the top of the world!!!!

At the top of the world!!!!

What a day, SWEETFCers!Kelly here with very exciting news!!At 5:25am on Friday morning in Nepal, Seth stood on the summit of Everest!!!!  I got the briefest of phone calls from him, telling me he was there, and it was beautiful, and it was cold (very cold).  I know he had to take his gloves and
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The Summit Push!!

The Summit Push!!

SWEETFCers- Kelly here with another update: I heard from Seth around 1:00 this morning, calling from Camp IV.  He said it took six and a half hours of jumaring to get there from Camp III, during which time he only stopped a couple of times, either for water, a chocolate bar, or a brief rest. 
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Camp III and movin’ on up!

Camp III and movin’ on up!

Good morning SWEETFCers, Kelly here with another update: Seth made it safely to Camp III (23,700 ft) last night after a long, slow trudge up the Lhotse Face.  He said he moved slower than the last time he went up because his pack was heavier this time with supplies for the higher camps.  He ended
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Safely at Camp II and going up

Safely at Camp II and going up

Hello SWEETFCers* – Kelly here with an update: Seth made it through the ice fall yesterday in around 4 hours, rested briefly at Camp I, and then continued on to Camp II.  He said it was unbelievably hot on the way up between the two higher camps – at one point he was hiking in
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Summit bound – Friday the 13th?

Summit bound – Friday the 13th?

Short version: hope to be heading for the summit from Camp IV at the South Col all day long on Thursday (PST or EST – doesn’t matter, I should be moving). Hope to summit around 8pm Thursday the 12th PST. 9am the 13th in Nepal. Tune in if you’re having a slow Thurs and please
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Damai and Kami relaxing at Camp II (photo by Kami Sherpa)

Welcome to this world and assorted news

I’m not sure if it is kosher to post this, but a big congrats to friends Alex and Jennifer Uy,  and a welcome to the world for baby Amelia who was born on the first of May at  7lbs 4oz and 21 inches. I tried to convince Alex a while back that ‘Sethina’ is a
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