Catching Up…

Jacob called last night to report that the crew arrived yesterday afternoon at a their intended camp at 9,800′. The gang made good work of a challenging climb from their camp at 7,800′. At the same time, weather up higher on the mountain has been preventing many teams from moving, while the groups lower on…

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Up to High Camp!

Lead Guide Mike Burmeister called in last night. He had the stoves running and was making food and water for the gang while they built camp at 17,200 feet, what we commonly call “High Camp” on the West Buttress Route. This move is always a very challenging day–it involves a long day of climbing, including…

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Moving Up!

Jared called in yesterday evening to report that the Northwest Buttress Crew had made a move up the mountain and established a new camp at 16,500 feet. Jared says it’s a stunning camp, nestled among huge granite boulders. The team is feeling strong and ready for the next few days, in which they intend to…

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The Waiting Game

Lead Guide Joe Butler called in yesterday to report that winds were still too strong to make the move from their camp at 11,200′ up to the 14,000′ camp. However throughout the evening weather improved and the team is optimistic about their chances for today. With any luck they will be packing up their camp…

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Back in Kathmandu

Bill Allen, Kathmandu   May 24th What a whirlwind…  It’s only been a couple of days since we stood on top of Mt Everest, and here we are back in Kathmandu at the luxury of the Hyatt Hotel.   Yesterday Ephi, Chris, Neal, and I flew here via helicopter directly from base camp.   The rest of the…

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Group Call and Rumors of a Treat!

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Carried Loads to 13,500′

Zach checked in to let us know that they made their carry around Windy Corner during the afternoon.

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West Rib- Call From 14,200′

Eric Larson called to give us the update from 14,200′ (4328m).  They moved up to this camp yesterday and brought the remainder of their loads up today.  They plan to carry supplies up to their high camp on the Upper Rib tomorrow.  There are no tracks heading in that direction, so they’ll have some work…

Qobin’s Team Checks In

Salamat Pagui!

The three members of Qobin’s West Buttress team called in from 14,200′ (4328m).  They had to battle some wind as they passed the notorious feature called Windy Corner, but they made it and are enjoying life in the sun at this big, well supplied camp.

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Still hanging out

The winds kept the crew in camp yesterday.  The scene continues on, patiently waiting for conditions to allow the team to move up the fixed lines to high camp.  14 is not a bad place to hang out as acclimatization continues to make team members stronger and more prepared for high camp, but by now…