Himalaya Spring 2017: Ropes Fixed on Everest North Side, Nine Sherpas Reach Summit.

More news from the Himalaya this morning (May 11, 2017), where we’ve learned that rope fixing efforts on the North Side of Everest are now complete. According to The Himalayan Times, nine Sherpas from Kathmandu-based Arun Treks recorded the first summits of the season at 4:30 PM local time today.

This news means that climbers on the Tibetan side of the mountain can now begin planning their summit window, as the weather is reportedly quite good there at the moment. Whether or not that forecast will hold long enough for teams to make their push to the top remains to be seen, but the route is now open and ready to go. Eager climbers will now wrap up their acclimatization efforts and starting looking for the proper timing, with the first commercial summits possibly coming as soon as early next week.

Meanwhile, on the South Side of Everest the story is a completely different one. Yesterday, the rope fixing team descended to Camp 2 to rest and avoid incoming poor weather conditions. The upper flanks of the mountain are reportedly very windy at the moment, delaying all efforts to install the fixed lines above the Balcony. The Times indicates that efforts to finish installing the ropes are now delayed until early next week while the Sherpas rest and wait for better conditions.

If the ropes are installed as planned, expect the first commercial summits from that side of the mountain to occur not long after. By now, the teams have mostly wrapped up their acclimatization rotations, and are heading back to BC to wait for conditions to improve. When that happens, they’ll be ready to head up, with mass summits likely coming within a day or two of the ropes being fixed.

For now, the spring season is still proceeding as expected with only a slight delay in the schedule. If a proper weather window doesn’t open however, things could get very interesting. With mid-May quickly approaching, and the summer monsoon now just a few weeks off, persistently poor weather conditions could make reaching the summit a real challenge. That isn’t likely to happen of course, but Mother Nature is fickle, and the weather always decided when climbers can go up.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on things and report any changes as they occur. For now though, it looks like the North Side climbers can start planning their summit bids, while those on the South Side will have to continue to wait.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Himalaya Spring 2017: Rope Fixing Team Retreats on Everest, Kilian Speed Climbs Cho You.

Just a quick update from Everest today, as it seems that the rope fixing team on the South Side was forced to retreat to Camp 2 yesterday before reaching the summit. Reportedly the weather there is quite good, and should remain so for the next several days, but heavy snow on the upper slopes of the mountain have made the process of installing the lines on the mountain more time consuming and exhausting than expected. As a result, the Sherpa team was able to add to the route yesterday, extending it up above the balcony, but after spending several days above 8000 meters (26,200 ft), the squad simply had to descend to regain their strength and get some much deserved rest.

This delay in getting the ropes into place will likely cause the teams that are currently at or above C2 to retreat to Base Camp as well and wait for the work to be completed. Most of the climbers are now fully acclimatized and are simply waiting for the lines to be installed and a proper weather window. Once access to the summit is granted, there is likely to be a mad dash for the summit, provided the weather allows.

Reports indicate that there is plenty of snow on the upper flanks of Everest this year, which is welcome news for the climbers. Most would rather climb on snow and ice rather than bare rock, and it seems that will be the case this season. Not only is it easier to make the ascent over the more technical sections of the climb, it is also safer too. Often the wind clears the snow from the upper sections of the mountain, but this year it looks like it will remain.

So what does this mean for the climbing schedule? It now looks like the ropes won’t be fixed until late this week, which means summits attempts will be pushed into next week. The forecast continues to look good, although winds do pick up some over the next couple of days. If everything holds however, we can now expect possible summits by next week this time, although even that could fluctuate some. So far, everything is still going as schedule, and nothing is really out of the ordinary, but until the rope fixing is completed, the teams remain in a holding pattern.
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Video: From Base Camp to The Summit of Everest in 3D.

In just a few days time, dozens of teams of climbers will launch their summit bids on Mt. Everest. If you’ve ever wondered what the path to the top looks like, this video will give you an idea of what they’ll be climbing and hiking over in the days ahead. Made with Google Earth, it gives us a 3D view of the South Side of Everest in Nepal, taking us from Base Camp to the summit along the way.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Himalaya Spring 2017: Teams Continue Acclimatization and Look Toward Summit Bids.

The climbing teams on Mt. Everest continue to play the waiting game today, watching the weather, waiting for news on the completion of the route to the summit, and plotting their eventual summit bids. Reportedly, conditions are good and things are going according to plan, but it remains unclear as to when the first summits of the season will take place, or when the waves of commercial climbers will follow along. But over the next few days, we should learn a lot about the schedule ahead and have a clearer picture of what to expect later this week and next.

The rope fixing team continues to make progress and could potentially complete their work today. Yesterday, the group of Sherpas charged with installing the lines on the South Side of Everest reached the Balcony and today they hope to go all the way up to the summit. They’ll need to put in a full day’s work to finish the task, but they seem poised to make that happen and record the first summits of the season at the same time.
Once the ropes are in place they’ll descend back to Base Camp for a much needed and deserved rest. At that point, the other teams will check the weather forecast and their own health and condition, to begin thinking about when they’ll launch summit bids of their own. Right now, that looks like it could start as early as this coming weekend, although ultimately Mother Nature will decide when to grant access to the top of Everest.
In the meantime, the teams are keeping busy in a variety of ways. For instance, the IMG squad is spread out between Camps 1 and 3, with climbers in each location wrapping up their acclimatization process. It is possible that they are moving into position to make a dash for the summit once the ropes are installed, or they could be finishing one last rotation before returning to BC for a rest before starting their summit bids next week. A number of the other teams are on track for the same schedule, making a mass ascent in the days ahead as has become the norm on Everest in recent years.
So there you have it. The stage is nearly set, and teams are preparing to make their push. The weather forecasts look good heading into next week, which is pretty much exactly what is expected for mid-May. Now, it is only a matter of time. But first, the Sherpas must finish their work. Hopefully that will happen today, and the summit season will officially begin.
Good luck to everyone!

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Video: Remembering Ueli Steck.

We’re likely to see quite a few videos paying tribute to Ueli Steck in the days and weeks to come. The Swiss alpinist was much loved and admired, even outside the mountaineering community. This short video was put together by the team at Climbing Daily over at GrindTV, and it gives us a sense of what drove Steck to push himself to the limit and do things in the mountains that had never been done before.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Men’s Journal Picks the 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years too!.

A few weeks back I shared a story from Men’s Journal that listed the 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years, giving us an impressive list of female explorers, climbers, skiers, and all-around bad-asses. But the magazine has also put together its picks for the 25 Most Adventurous Men as well, and as you would expect its filled with a lot of names that should be familiar to regular readers of The Adventure Blog.

Each entry onto the list provides a bit of context for why this person made the cut, including a look at some of his most impressive accomplishments. For instance, Conrad Anker is first up, and the article mentions his discovery of the body of George Mallory as well as his obsessive focus to climb the Shark Fin on Mt. Meru in India, which was documented in the amazing film Meru. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good indicator of what Conrad has accomplished over the course of his illustrious career.

Other names making MJ’s list include Mike Horn, Alex Honnold, Erik Weihenmayer, Doug Tompkins, and more. Each of the men on the list have left an indelible mark on the outdoor and adventure landscape over the past two-and-a-half decades, and each is very deserving of making the cut. Sadly, some of the men are no longer with us either.

Speaking of which, I did find it odd that Ueli Steck didn’t make the list. Of course, there has to be a cut-off, and someone is going to be left out of the mix, but considering Ueli’s accomplishments over the past decade or so, it is hard to understand why he didn’t earn a spot amongst these 25 men. His only mention comes with the fact that he discovered Alex Lowe’s (who is on the list!) body on Shishapangma last year. That’s a major oversight in my opinion.

Check out the entire list by clicking here.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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Himalaya Spring 2017: Summit Rope Fixing Stalls on Everest and Another Climber Perishes.

It is now crunch-time in the Himalaya. We’re now a week into May and more than a few teams on

Everest are eyeing the weather to determine the best time to launch their summit bids. Those should come very soon now, but thanks to high winds on both sides of the mountain, things have been delayed slightly.

Last week I wrote that the plan was to install the ropes to the summit by this past weekend, clearing the way for teams to begin their final push to the top. Unfortunately, high winds have kept that from happening, forcing the Sherpas in charge of that job to retreat to Camp 4 and wait for better conditions. Reportedly they will make another attempt at reaching the summit today and tomorrow, with the hopes of getting the lines in place before descending back to Base Camp for a much needed and deserved rest.

The weather reports indicate that high winds will continue over the next few days however, so it is possible that the team won’t be able to complete their work as expected. If that happens, it could cause all of the commercial squads to adjust their plans, as none of them will go up the mountain until the route has been completed. The result would be a delayed summit push, although at the moment things appear to be still on track. We’ll no more in the next day or two.

Meanwhile, a South African climber has been detained by Nepali authorities for climbing Everest without the proper permit. Ryan Sean Davy was taken into custody over the weekend when it was discovered that he had been living at Camp 1 for several weeks, as he acclimatized for an eventual summit push. Davy’s passport has been seized, and according to The Himalayan Times, he is en route back to Kathmandu, where he will face charges. The usual fee for climbing Everest is $11,000.

Alan Arnette checked in with the EverestER team, where he learned that the medical staff is dealing with a lot of sick climbers this season. In fact, so far they have dealt with more than 365 patients so far, which is a high number than all of last season. In addition to the normal conditions that are found at altitude, the team has seen a flu bug sweeping through Base Camp as well.

Finally, there was another death on Everest this past weekend as well. On Saturday it was announced that 86-year old Min Bahadur Sherchan died in BC on the South Side of Everest. Sherchan was on the mountain in an attempt to win back the title of oldest person to summit the highest peak on the planet, which he did a decade ago at the age of 76.

The cause of death has yet to be revealed, but teammates say that he was moving comfortably and acclimatizing well prior to his passing. This is the second official death on Everest this season, after the shocking loss of Ueli Steck a week ago.

That’s all for now. More updates throughout the week as we get closer to summit season.

Autor : Kraig Becker

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