Thursday, April 22, 2010

Safe & Sound at Camp 2

This is Diana with Ben’s update for today. He called this morning on the satellite phone from Camp 2 at 21,000ft. Even in his superb physical condition he said it is exhausting, climbing from Base Camp to Camp 2. He still sounds strong, but I could hear the exhaustion in his voice. The entire team is safe and strong, but all team members were already sleeping (before 7pm Everest time). Tomorrow is a much needed rest day at Camp 2. It is cold there, so they are all bundled in their down suits.

Ben continues to be impressed with Phil as the organizer and the Sherpa team is excellent. They have 40 bottles of oxygen ready for the team.
Ben, Alexander & I all thank you for your prayers. God is answering them.


Mom said...

Technology is so amazing. Thanks so much for the update. We are encouraged by and thankful for God's continued answers to the fervent prayers of so many. You are a blessing, Diana, by your loving support of our son - a "three-fold cord" that will not quickly be broken. Ben, stay strong, focused and keep looking up. "God gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might, he increaseth strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." We are praying for physical, spiritual, mental and emotional rest these next few days as you continue your preparation for and push towards the summit.

Much love and prayers to you all!
Mom and Dad

Melissa said...

Glad to get the update. Praying for some good rest for you, Ben, and the entire team. Can't wait to hear more as you journey toward the summit.

~Melissa Tardiff

Anonymous said...

So good to hear the update and thankful you could talk together. What an amazing experience for us all. :)

Doug Whittier said...

Right on Diana for the update..!
Ben I bought a Harley yesterday, crazy circumstances, but it's my own Everest..! :) Keep at it and I'll keep you and your team in my prayers, an hope for the best weather ever on Everest in May..!

The Doctor said...

You'll like this, Ben. It is from today's reading. I hope it blesses you today. -D.

Psalm 121

1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Kim said...

Hey Ben! We are checking in with you daily and love seeing that you are doing well.

Rock school is going good- so much fun as an assistant leader. Graduation climb is next Saturday- we will be missing you. Cant wait to do Seal Rock again this summer!

Kim & everyone at Squeeze

PS Im shipping you a matcha shot- Fed-Ex overnight, should be there tomorrow :)

Anonymous said...

Diana, Thanks for the update. It feels like I am over there today as we have at least 2ft. of snow in Monument today. We will continue to pray.


Gavin Attwood said...

Thanks Diana.