While almost all the teams are packing up at base camps on both sides, a few are still aiming to summit and one did this Monday, May 27 morning.
Mike Hammil’s Climbing the Seven Summits‘ team lead by Casey Grom summited with no one else around!
They say the weather is perfect and they have the summit all to themselves! Everyone on top so 100% from CTSS for everyone who left Base Camp on a summit bid. Just confirming but 4 climbers, 3 guides, 9 sherpa: Mrika Nikqi – Kosovo Arianit Nikqi – Kosovo Ignacio Montesinos – Argentina Chris Kulish – USA CTSS Guides: Guide Casey Grom – USA Guide Tomas Ceppi – Argentina Guide Parkash Sherpa – Nepal
Update: It appears one of the CTSS members listed on their website as a successful summit died on the descent, 61 year-old American lawyer Chris Kulish. Reuters is reporting:
Christopher Jon Kulish, 61, scaled the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak from the normal Southeast Ridge route in the morning but died suddenly at South Col after descending from the summit, Mira Acharya, a Nepal tourism department official said.
4 days ago I was savoring one of my favorite views, looking down the summit ridge of Mount Everest, a perfect morning and not many people on the route. Behind and to the left is #Lhotse the 4th highest peak. I’m very thankful that all of our team made it down safely and we are now back in #Kathmandu thanks to helicopter 🚁 transport from base camp. A great team and a great expedition!
Nirmal Purja MBE: “Project Possible – 14/7” now has six 8000ers: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kangchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. He wants to move tot he next hose but:
Now with only 6 days left and with no funding/sponsorship for the second phase, Project Possible 14/7 is in jeopardy.
Any More for Everest?
There are still a couple of teams on the Tibet side that will try Monday or Tuesday.
K2 and the Karakorum
Next up is K2 starting in late June with summits expected in late July. We know that Seven Summtis Treks will have a huge team there using their Everest model of low cost and many Sherpas. Madison Mountaineering will also be there again. Garrett has made this one of his standards and Adrian Ballinger will be there on his own for a no O’s summit attempt, something he has dreamed of for a long time.
As soon as the season is properly wrapped up I’ll do my annual recap looking at the entire Everest season.
I did my best to track the teams I could during the summit push and have a preliminary update on how many people summited. I’ll be refining this over the next few days but the true numbers will come from the Himalayan Database later this year. You can see what I am reporting now on the tracker table.
Memories are Everything!