Last year at the top when we
A message from some of the Mallory and Irvine Climbers of
If we seem "deep" lately, these are our lives on this earth
we are talking about. In a few days the herd of climbers from all the
expeditions, commercial and independent, will head up the mountain. Some
climbers are on the mountain having never put crampons on before this spring.
Should we talk ethics? This is going to cause a very dangerous situation here.
The forecast until early June is horrible. They missed the windows. The first
window being late April, early June, which you are not going to hear many talk
about because they all cut their trips too short. (Long=more $$$!) Too many
climbers, long waits, slow climbers and people all over the place hammered
spells trouble. While we are going to try to stay away from the herd, we must
cross its path a few times. Maybe we should descend the Great couloir too, you
say? It might be safer!!! At least one of us, plans too! Ok, now you do know
more... We don't think anyone will be following us this year!
If the weather does not change and all these climbers head
up, there could be big problems on the North side... Yes, we have considered
pulling out. For now we wait. We like our fingers and toes and would like to
We return to Mount Everest in search of an answer.
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