Everest Summit Shadow
Saturday night was busy on Everest and by Sunday morning there were over 100 summits from both sides. It will take while to know the exact numbers but the climbing conditions were reported as good as it gets.
120 climbers, both Sherpas and Westerners, were reported to be climbing Saturday night just on the South so it appears the expedition leaders did a good job of coordinating summit pushes. By my count there are around 400 going for the summit throughout this season from the South alone this year.
No long lines or crowds were reported, in fact, Peak Freaks reported 15 minutes at the Hillary Step so the dual ropes must have made a difference. If you remember last year, there were waits of 2 hours.
Thus far there have been four summit days with probably that many more to come. Last year there were less only two the entire season including for the rope fixers.
Several teams claimed success but for history, one stood out. David Liano, climbing with logistics from Asian Trekking and Sirdar Mingma Sherpa summited at 4:35 am Nepal time. Asian Trekking proudly posted this
Congratulations !!! Great news. Asian Trekking’s International Everest member David Liano and Sirdar Mingma Sherpa summited Mt.Everest this morning at 4:35 am Nepal time. David Liano is now the first person to complete the double in one climbing season. Asian Trekking family extends hearty congratulations to them and wishes for the safe descent.
And heartfelt congratulations also go to Pakistani brother-sister Samina Baig and Mirza Ali, summited making Samina the 1st Pakistani woman to summit and Mirza the Pakistani to summit without supplemental oxygen.
I want to mention again the summit by 25 year-old Raha Moharrak. She is the first female and youngest Saudi Arabian to summit. For those following Melissa Arnot, who turned back from her attempt this week, she is back at Base Camp and says she is going to give it another go. This would be her 5th summit, a female record.
Please click the links to see all the summit names including the Sherpas who summited. On the South, Peak Freaks put 14 on top starting with Sean Mooney and Pho Temba Sherpa on top at 5:29. Jagged Globe was close behind with 18
Dan Hughes, Jagged Globe, summited and did a live interview with the BBC from the summit. He is trying to raise 1 million pounds for Red Nose Charity and has done an exception job this season.
Asian Trekking reported 11 summits on the south. Summit Climb put their team 1 on the South.
7 Summits Club reports everyone from their first team (6+) made the summit from the North.
Everest, Lhotse Doubles
Meanwhile, several climbers went from their Everest summit to attempt Lhotse in a 24 hour period. The charge has been led by AAI Guide, Garrett Madison but also Mike Roberts of Adventure Consultants is in on the action. Plus there is Kenton Cool who has already summited Nuptse and is now adding Everest and Lhotse as well. This would be a first if Kenton can make all three is the same push.
This update from AAI:
Woody Bailey becomes the youngest person to summit two 8,000 meter peaks in under 24 hours, a nice present for his 23rd birthday tomorrow! Alpine Ascents Expedition Leader Garrett Madison becomes the first person to have done two 8,000 meter peaks in under 24 hours twice, having also done so in 2011. Karma Sarke Sherpa and Ang Passang Sherpa become the the first Sherpa to do so.
Alpine Ascents Guide Ben Jones and climbers Michael Grigsby and Martin Grieder have also completed the two summits in under 24 hours bringing the total number of climbers to have done so to only nine. Garrett, Ben, Woody, Michael, Martin, Karma, and Ang Passang can look across the South Col and up the Mt. Everest to the peak they were all standing on less then 23 hours ago. The weather is clear, the winds are calm, and it sounds like another amazing summit day for our climbers!
Speaking of Nuptse, Himex gave this update on the all women team and their Nuptse summit:
After five hard days of rope fixing by Tashi, Ngima, Rita Dorjee and Phinjo Sherpa, our three members Ellen Miller, JingWang and your blogger Billi Bierling as well as our guide Francoise Marsigny summited this technical 7,864m peak on 16th May. “I am so happy we did it, however, without the ropes fixed by our Sherpas, this dream would not have come true for us,” said Ellen Miller from the United States.
The British mountain guide Kenton Cool and the Spanish mountaineer Alex Txikon also took advantage of the fixed ropes and summmited the same day. “The Sherpas did a great job and the route was fantastic,” I heard Kenton express his gratitude for the rope fixing via the radio to Russell.
Himex is looking to summit Everest on May 23rd at the end of the weather window.
Congratulations to everyone. Look for more summits starting Sunday night for Monday morning, May 20th.
It’s not over ’till it over! Finally take a look at Everest from the webcam.
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