Photo Tom West ©EverestNews.com
Ok, here is the read deal. SummitClimb on the North is
leading the Summit Push! SummitClimb is taking rope and several Sherpas and
Tibetan climbers up. Someone has to do the job if summits are going to happen!
The key will be to get past the high wind to camp 2. Snow is also predicted.
If the team can make it to Camp 2, a small break in the weather will probably
let them get high on the mountain. SummitClimb, will then need to fix the
ropes starting at the ridge all the way to the summit. This is going to be
very hard to do. But as one guide told us today, "someone has to go first". It
is clear again this year, that the large commercial expeditions on the North
are not going first, so the independents and the climbing teams have to
do the work and take the risk.
Other climbers are telling EverestNews.com that they are
lining up their summit bids right behind SummitClimb. Several other teams
know Ryan and SummitClimb are going to try to go for it. Some of these
climbers have ropes, others do not. The plans are being made. Much is
dependent on if SummitClimb can put the ropes in. If not, climbers will need
to decide to climb the mountain, or to turn around...
Last year we saw the Austria Team first, followed by the
French Team and some international climbers the first day. Then the Greeks,
Koreans, and Italians and some SummitClimb climbers the second day. Sadly, the
Korean lost 2 climbers on that second day, and one more the next day...
For all that is being made about the commercial expeditions
every year, the truth is, on the North side, with the exception of Simo's
group, the big commercial teams have been following the pack and letting the
national/independent climbers do the work up high on the north side.
Most summits on the north side, despite what you might read somewhere, come
from international and independent climbers also.
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