Climber Tim called in the dispatch for the May 17 Team tonight with great news and family shoutouts! Tap the recording link below to hear his full report. The team made the “epic move” from Camp 3 14,200 ft (4328 m) to Camp 4 17,200 ft (5242 m) today after climbing for 7 hours. Strong work, team!
This is a big day that is made even more challenging by the heavy loads, steep terrain, and the effects of altitude. Whereas 14 Camp was “nice and sprawling and lovely” the campsites at Camp 4 are much cozier and short-term as it takes the body so much more effort to perform at this elevation. From here there is still what Tim calls “a big chunk of the mountain left to climb” and the team knows they need to move in the best weather window possible.
Summit day can be the most grueling day of the expedition (some climbers say of their lives!) with a total of 3,000 ft (914 m) elevation gain and loss over 5 miles (8 km). This will require the team to be moving for about 9 to 12 hours or more. You can see why it’s so important to wait for the right weather to attempt this big of a climbing day but, this team has been fortunate with the weather so far. We have our fingers crossed for clear skies in the coming days. For now, the team is resting up and wishing everyone back home a Happy Memorial Day weekend!