Everest has finally developed a rhythm with climbers on both side steadily going to the top and returning. There are no reports of excessive lines or complaints of crowding. It looks like the team leaders have done a nice job of learning from 2012.
The winds finally calmed down although there were gusts from time to time, the conditions were reported to be almost perfect with clear skies and manageable temperatures.
On Friday night many left the South Col and summited as early as 5:00AM and some around 9:00AM.
The commercial teams of IMG with 3 members, 1 guide,7 Sherpas. Alpine Ascents saw 9 members, 3 guides, and 12 Sherpas. Both had the majority of the climbers and have more sub teams yet to summit. Also Alpenglow stood on the top with 1 guide, 1 member and 2 Sherpas.
On the north, that has been one large Chinese team summit thus far and another one attempt but pulled back after experiencing medical issues. Of note, N Bidyapati became the first woman from Manipur (India) to summit Everest. You can read more on the Indian summits at this link.
More summit tonight!
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