Updates from Individuals and Teams on Everest – 26th May.
“Due to high winds yesterday and poor weather, the team did not start their summit attempt. After waiting and watching, the weather forecast is too unfavorable of the next few days.
“Unfortunately, they have made the tough decision to descend.
“Pray for safe descent”
“We been tried, tested and thrashed but mother Myiolungsungma gave us a safe passage to the top of where she resides and we had the top to ourselves for sometime at 4.30 am on the 24th May.
“The climb started at around quarter to 9pm of the 23rd. It was so spectacular and windless with the views of the moon setting from just below the south summit; till we reached the Hillary step and then we got the spanking all the way down back to South Col at around 8am. 20m/sec wind gust put us to a real test. Painful but yet rewarding.
“Because of the tight window and winds we had to cancel Lhotse and just aim for Everest.”
“The summit push is officially on. We left Base Camp at 1am with the goal of reaching Camp 2. The summit push will take 4-5 days. We knew the weather was going to be bad today, but in order to be up in the highest camps ready for the summit day when the weather gets good we had to push through a storm today.
“I am so happy that Jenna Besaw decided to join me again in Camp 2.
“It was a much more physically and mentally taxing day then my previous trips up to Camp 2 during this expedition. From the moment we left Base Camp wind and snow were whipping us in the face. Usually when you get to the top of the Khumbu Icefall you are treated to stunning views of Everest, Lhotse and the other surrounding peaks. Not today…all we could see was white, white and more white.
“Despite all of that Jenna B crushed it today… and we are now tucked into our tent at Camp 2 (21,000ft), listening to wind and snow batter the outside of our tent.
“Hopefully the weather forecast is correct and more favorable weather is coming soon.”
“It’s been a tough decision but I have abandoned my Everest summit as the season comes to a close. I’ve climbed many mountains, trained harder than ever and sacrificed a lot to be here. I’m comfortable with my choice and reasoning not to push for a potential last summit. At this late stage, the risk is not worth the reward. There will be no regrets.
“It’s been an amazing and fun experience. I’ve seen so much of the mountain and the south col route, including the infamous icefall section.”
“I’ve been on Everest for almost 2 months now, and the season is almost over. There have been many push backs on scheduling and only a small weather window left after this next cyclone passes at the end of the season. I’m physically still strong, but mentally I’m done. IMO being mentally focused when climbing is more important than physical, especially at high altitude. It’s what makes sure you always put one foot in front of the other. I made the smart call not to push for the potential last summit window this late in the season.
“It’s been a tough season on Everest, with constant high winds at camp 4 / south col and jet stream at the summit. This has mean’t a lot of waiting around at lower camps. In addition, cyclones in India have been wreaking havoc on climbing schedules to find a clear weather window. The only real clear window this season (to date) was on the 11th, which was too early for our team to commit for several good reasons. Since then the winds have been too strong and we are now coming to the end of the 2021 season.
“The icefall which was set to close has been extended, so the good news is there is a possible final summit push for our team 🤞🏻 They are currently waiting at camp 2 in the Western Cwm, at the base of Lhotse face. They will have to sit out another cyclone bringing heavy snow 26-28th, and hoping they get a good weather window 29-30th. Wishing the team a seamless and uneventful climb to the top. They are all awesome and brave badasses that deserve safe passage to get their summit.”
“The boys have arrived at the base camp.
“They are doing well despite a bit of ill health and they hope to get to Kathmandu tomorrow where they will be able to send us better news of the achievement. They send thanks for all the support.”
“The last 36 hours have been excruciating. While we had protected our team, kept our distance, and managed to not have any COVID, we were informed at the last hour that the situation with our support Sherpa was much worse.
“Our summit attempt was canceled because our crew was sick. And unlike most mountains, it is impossible to climb this one without their help.
“We fought for every avenue possible just to have a chance to climb. Like all the other teams in our group had. We had waited. We had distanced. We had done everything we could.
“I feel broken. Such disappointment.
“The sting will fade. And someday I’ll remember all the goodness from this trip. But for now…”
“At the end of the day, I was able to summit but not without the help of each one of you. As I was descending back to C-4, the idea of climbing Lhotse, the 4th highest mountain in the world suddenly didn’t matter as I knew I would have put my life in jeopardy. I completed what I set out to do (climb the Seven Summits) and now am ready for a new challenge.”
“This morning, we (CTSS Team) were supposed to head back up for Everest summit bid. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our expedition has been cancelled.
“This team is strong and was ready to go, but life often throws obstacles in our path, we have zero control over.
“I am truly blessed by this journey and for bonding with my Everest Dream Team. Never have I climbed with so many talented, hilarious, motivated, exceptional people all in one group.
“This is NOT the end. Not by a long shot! I look forward to Carstensz Pyramid in Sept and South Pole/Vinson in Dec. Perhaps Everest attempt II next spring.
“I cannot thank you enough for the continued support, words of support, and positivity! It has truly meant the world to me!
“All good and all safe in camp 2.
“We are on the summit push of Elite Expedetion Everest Lhotse Expedition 2021.
“Lets make it 7, seven times Everest summit.
“I would like to thank you all supporters and believers who believe me and support me.”
“The award ceremony for the Everest summiters from the first group of the 7 Summits Club expedition took place at the base camp.
“The group “Everest-1” of the expedition of the 7 Summits Club “Everest-Lhotse 2021” descended to the base camp. In the evening, the award ceremony for the Everest climbers took place there. As already reported, five members of our expedition reached the highest peak in the World on May 23. Three of them (Daniel Wolfson, Eduard Kubatov and Georgy Shulepov) received from the hands of Alexander Abramov a memorial sign specially made by the 7 Summits Club. Two of the heroes (Mikhail Mikheev and Anna Permilovskaya) did not take part in the event, as they had already left by helicopter for Kathmandu.
“The weather conditions today were quite heavy, it was snowing with a strong wind. The Lhotse group and the Everest-2 group continue to stay at Camp 3 at an altitude of 7,100 meters, hoping for a new weather window.”
“We Are All Safe In Base Camp! Thank God. What a relief.
“It was challenging but we made it. Congratulations to the team and thanks to their families for the strong support.”
“I’m very glad that our @madisonmtng summit team of climbers, climbing Sherpas and guides arrived safely back in base camp yesterday after successfully topping out on Everest on the 23rd in beautiful weather!
“Four of us — Kristin Harila, Pas Dawa Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa and myself — also climbed Everest’s neighbor, Lhotse, the planet’s 4th tallest peak. Kristin summited Lhotse just 14:25 hours after topping out on Everest — a new record!
“Now we begin the journey home!”