donna mccollum climbing update #2

April 12, 2011

Base camp was moved a little higher than normal - Donna is at 18,000'.  She is feeling a bit sluggish and moving slowly but you have to remember oxygen levels are much lower up there then where we are.  She will be climbing Loboshe, a 20,000' mountain as a training climb.

Base camp is the coldest the sherpas remember in recent years. Overnight temperatures are reaching -15 degrees.  A few sherpas reported a frigid -65 degrees at the summit.  Many climbers have been sick and left behind.  One was also helicoptered off the mountain.

Temperatures are so cold that Donna is having trouble with a small video camera she received from Reed-Lallier Chevrolet.

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