Trip Reports

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Call from the South Col

Bill called in a few hours ago to give us an update on the weather and their plans for the next summit attempt!  The winds are dying down and they can see the stars…it looks like a beautiful day for the next push up high. Click here to hear Bill: [audio:http://mountaintrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/fc5dacd441e38b8be51bdd69f75ee9c3ca2c10fd.mp3]

Eric Larson from 11,200′

Eric called from the beautiful basin camp at 11,200′.  They had a leisurely day yesterday and did a backcarry, meaning that they dropped back down to the cache that they left two days ago at about 10,300′. This involved dropping down out of camp for about a 20 minute hike and digging up the food…

Turned Around!

Lead Guide Scott Woolums called a few minutes ago to tell us that they have aborted this summit attempt.  The winds were too strong, and on the increase.  There are about 30 people high on Everest, near and above a feature called the “balcony”.  All members of our team are safe and sound, back at…