2017 Everest Team Is At Camp 1

Everest Camp 1 2017 expedition

Hello Everyone,

Today is Friday the 21st of April, and we all moved to Camp 2 today.  Everyone did great!  We made it to camp in 4.5 hours.Our camp is located towards the top of the camp, with great views of the Lhotse Face. My GPS says we are at 21,300 feet or 6,500 meters (for my beautiful Dutch wife ;)).

The Khumbu Icefall is in good shape, with two, 3-ladder sections going up vertical ice towers for added excitement. The route makes a huge zigzag as it ascends through the Icefall. first heading up next to Nuptse, before jogging across towards the West Shoulder of Mount Everest. This means that it takes quite a long time to climb through, compared to the other two years I have climbed up through it.

2017 everest khumbu icefall

In the Khumbu Icefall at about 6am.

 

2017 everest christjentz

Chris Jentz near the top of the Khumbu Icefall

The trail going to Camp 2 similarly goes back and forth a lot as it climbs through the Western Cwm, and we crossed another 4-6 ladders, some of them double-ladders, two ladders attached together in a fashion to make the crossing very long and exciting!

2017 everest expedition almost to camp 2

Hiking up through the Western Cwm, about 1.5 hours from reaching Camp 2.

Our plan is to rest tomorrow, take a walk up to the base of the Lhotse Face on the 23rd, and then return to Everest Base Camp on Monday the 24th.

Cheers,

Jacob Schmitz

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4 Comments
  1. Terri Jentz

    Wonderful update, Jacob! That’s a great shot of a 3-ladder section in the Icefall. Thanks, too, for the picture of my Chris – it made his Swedish wife’s day ;)). Wishing the MT/MM team an invigorating weekend at Camp 2, and a smooth, uneventful descent to EBC.

  2. Sandra McGarry

    Thank you very much for the updates and the pictures. Hoping you have a
    wonderful weekend and stay warm! Liked your picture of Chris, too.
    Sandy, Chris’ mom

  3. Jackie

    Amazing pictures guys. Great to hear the update from Jacob. It is reassuring to know that everyone is doing so well. Looking forward to hearing from you Terry K when you get back to Base Camp . Jackie

  4. Gilbert McCullagh

    Hi Terry. Best wishes to you and the team from the Dungeon Gang at UCD. We’re keeping an eye on your progress and from the fotos and descriptions of the ‘trek’ it is the unanimous opinion of us all ‘better you than any of us’. Stay safe.

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