(10:00 pm via satellite phone)
Merry Christmas to all!
What mountain climbers need mostly is patience. It was a very good move on our part to move down from High Camp to Low Camp as High Camp has been continuously pounded by high winds over the last few days. It has been quite nice at Low Camp and we built a Christmas tree yesterday out of cylindrical sections of snow, put a Santa hat on top, and sang Christmas carols with some Chinese climbers.
The good news is that we do have a weather window starting tomorrow (Boxing Day) and we plan on moving up at that time, so hopefully we can reach the summit before more bad weather comes in.
We’re hoping for the best.