Move to 11,000′

Zach Johnson has arrived at 11,000′ with the entire expedition in his wake.   Temperatures were reported to be tolerable despite a stout headwind, and now after probing their campsite to prove the absence of crevasses they are tucked in behind snow walls as the wind is forecasted to pick up even more today.  Climbers start…

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Rest day at 14,200′

WIND!  The team tells me that the Park Service tents stationed at 14 camp were recording gusts of wind clocked at 50mph yesterday, so lead guide Mike Burmeister compensated for the bad weather by cooking a few hot meals and telling a few jokes.  The team continues to be strong after carrying a load of…

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Rest day at 14,200′

WIND!  The team tells me that the Park Service tents stationed at 14 camp were recording gusts of wind clocked at 50mph yesterday, so lead guide Mike Burmeister compensated for the bad weather by cooking a few hot meals and telling a few jokes.  The team continues to be strong after carrying a load of…

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Rest day at 11,000′

Eric Larson’s team is resting at 11,000′ on the West Buttress route.  Eric’s strategy is to acclimatize the team on the more traditional West Buttress route before descending to the start of the West Rib.  This allows teams to travel efficiently on the lower West Rib without having to wait to acclimatize properly, which adds…

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Rest day at 11,000′

Eric Larson’s team is resting at 11,000′ on the West Buttress route.  Eric’s strategy is to acclimatize the team on the more traditional West Buttress route before descending to the start of the West Rib.  This allows teams to travel efficiently on the lower West Rib without having to wait to acclimatize properly, which adds…

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Rest day at 11,000′

Joe Butler is piled into camp with no fewer than three other Mountain Trip expeditions, and after a hard day moving to 11 camp the team took a rest day yesterday to gather their strength for the next leg of the expedition.  11,000′ camp is tucked into a side glacier off the main flow of…

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Move to 13,000′

The Northwest Buttress team has been working hard the last few days, and are now tucked into a solid camp at 13,000′.  Wednesday was a 13-hour day carrying loads ahead of their previous camp, with lots of blue ice and step-chopping by the guide team.  Put on top of that a hard day yesterday moving…

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Delay in posting

Hi All, I received a message from Scott that was pretty garbled, but it sounded like they were down at high camp. I’m sitting aboard a plane that is preparing to fly, so I cannot post until we land in about six hours. I’ll confirm that they are back in camp as soon as I…

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SUMMIT!!!!

Bill called in from the summit of Mount Everest about an hour ago!!! He reported that it was a beautiful day and that Ephi, Neal, Chris and he were standing on the summit.  Scott was just behind with Newall, Irek and Gregg, so it looks like the team has seen 100% on top.  They will…

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Call from Aaron Kurland

Aaron gives us the run-down of their skill building day. All are well and Happy Birthday to lead guide, Dave Ahrens!!!

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