Welcome to Alan Arnette’s Everest 2012 coverage
Last 2012 Everest News – 31 May 2012
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- Very rough, check unconfirmed estimates: Total at base camps: 446 westerners plus 500 Sherpas totaling 946. 548 combined summits from both sides 57.93% summit to attempt rate. 10 total deaths.
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This table is my estimate each team’s location based on public information. Please refer to each expedition’s site for current information.
South Col Route (map)
32 teams, 337 climbers, 400+ Sherpas
|Adventure Consultants (8/4)||e||9/13|
|Alpine Ascents Int. (9/6)||e||8/6|
|Asian Trekking Eco/Peace/Youth (26)||e||30/35|
|Bill Burke (2/2)||e|
|High Adventure Expeditions (2)||?|
|Himex (24/9 plus: 7 Lhotse, 4 Nuptse)||e|
|IMG Classic (20?/7)||e||12/14|
|IMG Hybrid (8/2)||e||11/11|
|Mountain Trip (5/2)||e||5/10|
|WMS Everest Experience (5/2)||e||1/3|
|Patagonia Brothers (4/2)||e||4/2|
|Peak Freaks (12/3)||e||8/9|
|Project Himalaya (Cris Klinke) (3/1)||e||1/1|
|Sierra Mountaineering (2)||e||2|
|Summit Climb (8/1)||e||3/3|
Northeast Ridge Route (map)
13 teams, 109 climbers, 100+ Sherpas/Tibetans
|Asian Trekking Polish/Japanese (10)||e||3/4|
|Adventure Peaks (8/1)||e||4/4|
|Altitude Junkies (7/1)||e||6/5|
|Bill Burke (1/2)||e|
|Summit Climb (4/1)||e||2/4|
|Project Himalaya (Tom Kowpak) (1/1)||e||2/2|
|7 Summits Club (16/4)||e||15/13|
West Ridge Route/Southeast ridge
|Eddie Bauer West Ridge (Jake Norton)||e||T|
|Eddie Bauer Southeast Ridge (Dave Hahn)||e||2+/?|
|NatGeo West Ridge (Conrad Anker)||e||T|
|NatGeo Southeast Ridge (Sam Elias)||e||6/?|
|e= climb ended, x=last reported location, x+ = on summit bid, -x = descending h=high sleep point, T=touched not slept.|
|Summit number = client/sherpa Locations are estimates derived from public websites|
Welcome to Alan Arnette’s Everest 2012 coverage. My coverage is based on my own experiences, research, sources, and public information. I try to provide insight and interpretation of the activities ranging from routes to weather to the challenge of climbing Everest. I did similar coverage of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 seasons. I summited Everest on May 21, 2011 and climbed Everest four times – 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2011.
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10 Confirmed deaths
- 40 year-old Karsang Namgyal Sherpa climbing with Prestige Adventures related to alcohol at base camp
- Peak Freaks’ Namgyal Tshering Sherpa fell from a ladder into a crevasse near C1
- Dawa Tenzing with Himex from stroke in the Khumbu Icefall and died in Kathmandu
- 33 year-old Indian, Ramesh Gulve, climbing with the Pune team suffered a stroke around Camp2 and died back in India.
- Dr Ebehard Schaaf with Asian Trekking of HACE near South Summit after his summit
- Shriya Shah-Klorfine, 33, a Nepali-born Canadian climbing with Utmost Adventures died below the Balcony after her summit
- Won-Bin Song from South Korea climbing with the Korean Everest & Lhotse Expedition died after a fall at the Hillary Step and then at the Balcony after his summit
- Chinese climber, Ha Wenyi climbing with Mountain Experience died just below the Balcony
- Juan José Polo Carbayo, 43, climbing with Himalayan Guides, died May 20 after summiting from the north, probably of exhaustion. Dr. Polo had been living in the Canary Islands, Spain.
- Climbing with Monterosa, a German climber, Ralf D. Arnold, broke his leg at the 2nd step and has died after his summit
69 year old Italian Luigi Rampini, climbing on a Monterosa permit and logistics, spent 4 nights at 8300 meters without oxygen. He refused to descend a few days ago but was rescued per this report He was attempting the summit.