SHE DID IT!!!!!!!! Edita just called! She is safely back at camp 3 after reaching the summit at 0800 this morning. Only 4 of the group made it to the top. Please spread the good news. Edita Uksaite Nicols is the first Lithuanian woman to climb Mount Everest, from the North side no less!! ! I will give you more information in a few minutes. I need to go get some air!
Ok, I am back. Yes, she called after just getting down to camp 3. She was waiting for some water as her Sherpa was melting some snow but wanted to call right away . She said “I DID IT, I DID IT!!!!” … “it was so technical and so scary, it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life” (no kidding) and then she said “you know what the best thing is about it is…”….there was a pause and I said “what’s that” and she said “I will never have to do that again!”. we both laughed. Amazing how she could be laughing after being through one of the most challenging and dangerous things anyone could imagine. I honestly did not know whether to keep laughing or cry with joy. I had no choice in the matter, I did both. She guaranteed me and will return to Kathmandu on the 27th. she would come home safe. I immediately contacted her family in Lithuania to tell them the good news. We all are beyond overjoyed!
FROM ALTITUDE JUNKIES http://www.altitudejunkies.com/dispatcheverest13.html
“Below is the summit list. More details of the times will come later. Phil, Margaret, Edita, Ole, Pasang Ongchu, Tarki, AngGelu, Pemba, Pasang Gelu, Lhakpa Tenzing, and Chongba. The team is expected to be back in Kathmandu on the 25th, while Phil and the Sherpas have the arduous task of packing,”
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT and especially those that gave a few bucks for her hunger campaign to help the people in the Sahel. Its not too late to chip in a few dollars. I also need to say thank you to all my friends and colleagues or your personal support. This too will not be forgotten! Beers are on me tonight!