Hello (once again) from Everest
Team leaders and Sherpa
Sirdars met today to discuss how we will plan our summit attempt in the next
week or two. A plan was made in case the remaining groups went for the summit
on the same day. Double fixed lines will be added in bottle neck areas such
as below the south summit, SW ridge and the Hillary step to allow for climbers
to move faster through these sections. In addition, the sirdars met to
organize a group of Sherpas, to fix from the balcony to the summit. The last
remaining section that still needs fixed rope in place to climb safely to the
Our team is doing well. Dean
and Eric went up half way to camp 1 today for exercise. A few of us went
bouldering again. Keeping active is a good way to stay healthy and keep our
heads into the game.
Currently the weather reports
do not indicate a good weather window in the next 5 days. Our current plan is
to climb up to camp 2 on the 25th of May. We will monitor the weather while
at camp 2 and make a decision for what day we will attempt the summit. We can
spend several days at camp 2 to wait out the weather, since it's not too high
and it's still very comfortable. We can eat well here with a dedicated
cook making good healthy meals.
We will keep our fingers
crossed for a break in the winds!
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