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May 192019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update May 19

Last week was important for climbers across the Himalayan. The ropes were fixed to the summit on four separate 8000-meter mountains all on the same day, May 14, 2019. This was historic in that it has never happened on so many peaks on the same day. With that, many peaks, including Everest, were summited in cold temperatures but manageable winds. Then something else historic occurred. Seven climbers lost their lives and three went missing, presumed dead. Add in one more death on Annapurna two weeks earlier, it totals 11 deaths and this is even before the largest summit push in history on Everest that begins early next week. continue reading

May 112019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update May 12

Update: Sherpas at South Col. Will fix to Balcony tomorrow and summit on Tuesday. Let’s be clear. Climbing Everest is complicated. The press likes to characterize it as an easy “walk-up” or “short-roped to the summit” after paying $65,000, As I have said for years, this is lazy cut and paste journalism that disrespects the climbers and the Sherpas. In 2019, the storyline is the trash and bodies. I’ll address this later. But for today, there is only word on the mind of most Everest’s climbers and followers today: ropes. Without the ropes, there will be few summits. The weather continue reading

May 042019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update May 5

If you look at Everest over the past decade or so, there is a slight trend with the weather. April is generally nice, May starts off horribly, then a ‘miracle’ happens and the winds and snow take a holiday off the summit opening the floodgates to everyone on both sides. Well, 2019 is on track! But no one counted on a Cyclone and the Jet Stream playing footsie on May 2! No doubt that the upper mountain was hit the hardest. Each weekend during the season I’ll post a “Weekend Update” summarizing the main stories for the past week. Also, continue reading

Apr 272019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update April 28

April is just about over and everything on Everest is mostly on schedule. High winds were reported on both sides. Lots of information in this Weekend Update. The #Everest2019 season is in full swing! The lack of rope to the North Col is a bit disturbing and suggest the objective dangers are growing on that side but I’ll get to that in a moment. Last week saw the first 8000-meter summits of the season on Annapurna – 32 in all but one climber is now in serious condition in Kathmandu after getting separated from the group and left behind. Each continue reading

Apr 212019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update April 21

As we close out the third full week of the 2019 season, all is well on both sides of Everest. No major incidents and all systems, except for EverestLink, seems to be up and running, but they seem to have their links worked out. Each weekend during the season I’ll post a “Weekend Update” summarizing the main stories for the past week. Also, now that the season is well underway, I’ll strive to post my daily updates for all #everest2019 each day before noon, Mountain Daylight Time, GMT -7. Headlines A quick rundown on who is where. For a complete continue reading

Apr 132019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update April 14

“Welcome to Base Camp!” has been heard over and over this past week. Teams are arriving at EBC daily and on the Tibet side, the roads are full with SUVs driving to CBC. Look for first foreign climbs into the Icefall this next week. But first what happened last week? Each weekend during the season I’ll post a “Weekend Update” summarizing the main stories for the past week. Headlines First an update on the comms situation at EBC.  It seems that EverestLink is having problems getting their system to be reliable this year. This happens occasionally but they usually get it continue reading

Everest 2019: Weekend Update April 7

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Apr 072019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update April 7

The Everest spring season is fully underway, at least on the Nepal side of the Hill. Multiple teams are trekking to Everest Base Camp – Nepal aka EBC. One team has already arrived at EBC. Meanwhile, there are only a few teams on their way to the Tibet side, more to begin this week. Each weekend during the season I’ll post a “Weekend Update” summarizing the main stories for the past week. Headlines The biggest news this past week was that the Icefall Doctors have finished putting the route in from EBC to Camp 2 in the Western Cwm. This continue reading

Everest 2019: When is a Rest day, a Rest Day?

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Apr 062019
 
Everest 2019: When is a Rest day, a Rest Day?

Another day, and another step closer to base camp. A bit of news mostly from the Nepal side. I post these headlines on the tracker page everyday and update with the latest as I get them and then cover the newest headlines in the next blog post.     These are the latest: First teams are now at EBC-Nepal in very cold conditions, -18C/0F Route opens from Base Camp through the Khumbu Icefall (20 ladders) to Camp 2 – Nepal Weather looks to be moving into Nepal over the weekend, could make the trek a bit uncomfortable EverestLink Internet is continue reading

Apr 052019
 
Everest 2019: Morning View and Prayers at the Monastery

The migration continues, slow and steady in the Khumbu. The Everest-Tibet teams are starting to arrive in Kathmandu. Some will trek for acclimatization before moving over to the Tibet side while others will go directly to Lhasa and drive to Base Camp-Tibet. Traffic is picking up on the trail to Everest Base Camp – Nepal as more teams are flying into Lukla. Weather looks to be moving into Nepal over the weekend, and could make the trek a bit uncomfortable and snow at EBC – Nepal. Yesterday we saw Adventure Consultants take a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla due to the construction at continue reading

Mar 302019
 
Everest 2019: Weekend Update March  31

The end of March evokes all kinds of emotions for those who follow Everest each spring. Each weekend during the season I will try to post a “Weekend Update” summarizing the main stories for the past week. The headlines this week are all about climbers flying into Kathmandu and some starting the trek to base camp and that the Icefall Doctors have the route to Camp 1, VERY early which might help reduce crowds IF the early teams take the opportunity to begin the acclimatization process and go for summit in early to mid May IF the weather allows. As you read this, there are continue reading