Manaslu 2002 Dispatches

May 13 (11:45 AM): Five Americans and two Sherpa reach summit

From Scott at Base Camp:

Just spoke with Tom.  Tom says, "I am pleased to report that five Americans and two Sherpa are standing on the summit of Manaslu!!!!" Pictures are being taken; hugs all around. Australians are on the top, too. Weather is still good. Will turn around to head back to Camp 3 shortly (probably 3 or 4 hour descent) to spend the night.  All sound great; cheers could be heard over the radio. Congratulations to Tom, Dan, Brian, Jerome, Mike, Kan Cha, Kusang, and the Australians!!!

Will send another update after talking to them at Camp 3 later this evening.


Note: The photos below were added following the May 20 dispatch.

Sunrise on summit day.

Sunrise on summit day.


Headed for the summit.

Headed for the summit.


The fixed lines to the summit pyramid.

The fixed lines to the summit pyramid.


Jerome on the summit showing his club flag.

Jerome on the summit showing his club flag.


Placing a picture of Mike's son, Sam, on the summit.

Placing a picture of Mike's son, Sam, on the summit.