Getting a jump on the Everest season, International Mountain Guides (IMG) has starting building their base camp on the Khumbu Glacier. The first climbers will not arrive until the first or second week of April as they will trek in from Lukla to acclimatize.
Eric Simonson reported:
IMG expedition sirdar Ang Pasang called from Everest Base Camp to report that our advance sherpa team of 14 sherpas and 3 cooks have now established our Base Camp! Now, they are hard at work, with lots of tent platforms to build and tents to erect. After deciding exactly where to set up the tents, Ang Pasang is heading back down to get ready to receive the next shipment of loads being sent from kathmandu and headed up the hill. He said base camp area is looking pretty good, but that the terrain has changed a lot just since they were up there in December to reserve the campsite. Every day the Khumbu Glacier continues to move and melt, and the tents will need to be reset over the course of the expedition.
Icefall Doctors at Work
He also mentioned that the Icefall Doctors are already at base camp and will start fixing the lines in the Khumbu Icefall. In 2012, the Icefall was in on April 4, so they are on schedule this year or even a bit ahead. Perhaps with the extra time, they will investigate a slightly different route away from the avalanche prone West shoulder of Everest.
New Route Postponed
Updated from russianclimb.com that “20 March, 2013 Gleb Sokolov didn’t find enough money for his Everest project (new line on Kanchung Face in alpine style), so postponed it to next year”. This is the second year in a row, they had not found the funding at the last minute. Sokolov and Alexander Kirikov planed to climb a new route from Tibet on the East Face ( Kangshung Face) in alpine style without oxygen.
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