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The Mountain Professionals
Everest Team enjoyed a lot of success in our first season as a company running
a trip to the Big E!
Originally planning to go to the North Side, the team shifted plans at
the last minute along with several other expeditions, to climb the south side.
The team was led by company co-owner Ryan Waters, who had two previous
expeditions to the Tibet side, but this was his first time leading a
group on the Southeast Ridge route.
On May 20th the entire team set out for the summit at around 8:15 pm. At
approximately 11:30 pm, one member Alan turned at the Balcony with the his
Sherpa Lama Babu. He made a great effort but was tired and feeling slow to
continue above this point.
The rest of the team continued upward with Scott Kress, Angus Murray,
and Al Barrett all reaching the summit at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the 21st.
They were accompanied by Lama Tame, Oungchu, and Kala Sherpas. Ryan, who ran
into a oxygen regulator problem mid way and found himself climbing without
oxygen for a good part of the morning, turned back to camp 4 to support the
team as they returned from the summit.
With all the team members safely back in camp 4 or lower. Ryan decided to go
back up that evening to complete his climb, he reached the summit at 8 a.m. on
the morning of the 22nd and has now climbed both the Tibet and Nepal sides of
We are proud of the success and the high summit success rate of our team
and congratulations to all and the other teams on the mountain this year.
Photo: Climbers ascending near the South Summit. Ryan Waters
Clarification on Ryan Waters descent: He returned from the summit on the 22nd
in the late afternoon. Spent the night in Camp 4, and then descended to
Camp 2 on the 23rd.
He had been climbing with his
group on the 21st but turned around mid climb due to a regulator malfunction
and was getting cold as he continued without O2. He went up on that
evening again with a new regulator after the entire team was safely back
in C4 or lower. He summited on the morning of the 22nd at 8 a.m.
After feeling a bit sick from extended time above C4 and going to the summit
he called Phil to meet him at the base of the Lhotse Face with a bottle of O2
and some meds, and continued down to C2 with Phil and a member of his Sherpa
cook staff who had brought tea. Ryan continued down to BC the following day.
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