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Bayfield climber begins Mount Everest summit push

Bayfield's Lori Schneider and her climbing companions have left Camp 4 for their bid to reach the 29,035-foot-high summit of Mount Everest. Schneider and the other clients Alpine Ascents International is guiding up Everest left Camp 4 at 26,000 f...

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Bayfield's Lori Schneider and her climbing companions reached Camp 4 on Mount Everest today -- 3,000 feet below the mountain's 29,035-foot-high summit -- according to an e-mail update from her climbing team.

Bayfield's Lori Schneider and her climbing companions have left Camp 4 for their bid to reach the 29,035-foot-high summit of Mount Everest.

Schneider and the other clients Alpine Ascents International is guiding up Everest left Camp 4 at 26,000 feet around 10 and 11 p.m. local time. Climbers on Everest typically begin their final ascent at night so they can reach the summit and begin their descent during the day. Nepal is more than 10 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time.

"We ... got a call from Lakpa a while ago telling us that the wind had dropped significantly," Alpine Ascents posted on its Web site after the second group left Camp 4. "Conditions are now fairly good and we are hoping they continue throughout the night."

An earlier post reported that the wind had eased up from earlier in the day.

"We are all hoping that the team has a peaceful night with minimal wind," that post said. "We are also right at the dark of the moon, so we won't get any natural lighting assistance. Everyone will be wearing their headlamps pretty much all night, and everyone has checked to make sure they have extra sets of batteries in case the first ones wear out. Dawn comes about 4:30 a.m. these days so it will be a long night climbing by headlamp."

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The Alpine Ascents reached Camp 4 on Thursday and spent much of today resting.

Schneider, 55, is a former teacher who retired after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. She's climbing the highest peaks on seven continents with an "empowerment through adventure" message. She already has completed climbs of the highest peaks on six other continents.

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