Well we’re all set to go, our Sherpas have finished stocking the South Col and are now taking a rest at EBC. We’re aiming for a date soon after the 19th as the next good weather window for the summit. Everest was summited first this season by the Sherpa line fixers on the 11th, and there have already been a few summits after them. Next week we should be up there if all goes to plan. Everyone is well and healthy at EBC. We’ll update you on the summit push.
The Himalayan Ascent Spring season is fast drawing to a close. The fundraising team of “Everest One” for Sharon Cohrs made a successful round trip to EBC and back. Thirteen Australian trekkers joined Sharon and Allan for Sharon’s “Climbing For a Cause” charity for a 16 day trip into the Khumbu valley.
Fantastic news!! Summit success! Scott Macintosh and Niels Tietz made the epic climb from Camp 2 to the top on the afternoon of April 26th. Chris Possa made the wise decision to turn around after Camp 3 after feeling the fatigue of consecutive Camp 2 to Camp 3 climbs. You’ll remember that this is the most dangerous section of the route. Chris has already had a massive 4 weeks of solid trekking and climbing in the Khumbu beginning with the Lobuche expedition. Everyone is back in base camp and they’ve stripped all gear off the mountain. They are now enjoying a rest day, and then packing up to head back towards Lukla tomorrow.
Well the team is at this moment snuggled in their sleeping bags at Camp 2, but I doubt they are sleeping much. In less than 1 hr, Lakpa, Niels, Scott and Chris will be making a 12am (25th April) start to their summit ambitions on Ama Dablam. Lakpa will lead ahead with Sherpas from other teams to fix the lines between Camp 3 and the summit. He was busy on the mountain yesterday setting the lines up between Camp 2 and 3 –this is the most dangerous section of the climb.
The team should make it to Camp 3 by early morning, where they will take a good rest. Then they will push through straight to the summit. Due to more snow than usual on the mountain, the team decided not to sleep at Camp 3 and to have a longer summit day instead.
Since Namche, the team has been going strong as we trekked through the quiet Sherpa villages of Phortse and Pangbouche. We even got a few hours of rock climbing in at a crag by Phortse. From Phortse the weather has also turned a bit with daily afternoon light snowfall. It makes for pleasant walking though as the valleys are now covered with a touch of snow every morning.