Everest/Lhotse 2016: Summit Wave Underway – Update 2

Southeast Ridge

A constant stream of Everest aspirants are steadily making their way from the South Col to the South Summit, over the Hillary Step and to the summit as I write this around 3:00 am Nepal time Thursday 19 May 2016.

It is estimated that about 200 people evenly split between foreigners and Sherpas left the South Col between 7:00 pm and midnight in calm winds and clear skies after enduring a windy night at the Col.

PARTIAL Summit Updates

202 summits – 120 Sherpa/82 foreigner on 19 May reported in good but a bit windy conditions

See location table for latest

  • Died from fall: Ang Furba Sherpa, fixing ropes for Lhotse. Worked for Arun
  • Adventure Consultants: reports all of their team 5 team members, 3 guides and 13 Sherpa
    including Colin O’Brady
  • Madison Mountaineering: 12 foreigners/15 Sherpas
  • Chinese with Seven Summtis Treks:  7 foreigners/ 3 or more Sherpas
  • Ascent Himalaya: 1 foreigner/2 Sherpas – they reported standing in lines
  • Altitude Junkies: at least 3 foreigners/6 Sherpas
  • High Adventure Expeditions: 1 Sherpa

More updates as available

IMG moving to South Col in stages. No clear word on Indian Army. UAE Army summited, no word on how many. Teams from Tibet side moving higher but no summits.

I’m not sure how to number this wave as we have had six nights of summits so I think I’ll drop the system.

A few progress reports are coming in. The teams left the South Col on 18 May and are expected to summit the morning of 19 May:

  • Adventure Consultants left at 22:12  and at at the Balcony around 02:00
  • Alpine Ascents International left at 21:30
  • Robert Kay, Laura Meadly Darlington with Altitude Junkies left at 20:00 now past the Balcony at 02:15
  • Madison Mountaineering left the Col in 2 team 19:00 and 21:00
  • High Adventure Expeditions left Col around 19:00
  • Colin O’Brady with Adventure Consultants left the Col at 23:00 and is on the SE Ridge near 28,000′
  • 360 Expeditions & Tim Mosedale are reportedly climbing together and have left the Col

IMG and others are moving up from Camp 2 to get in position for summit pushes.

On the North:

  • Alex Abramov, 7 Summits Club: “We pertly went to the camp at an altitude of 7700 meters”
  • Mountain Experience is at C2, 7700M

More updates as the teams summit.

Climb On!


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  1. Thanks so much for keeping us informed-we care and wish all a summit and even more important, a safe return!

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