Daily Everest Updates – 30th May

Updates from Individuals and Teams on Everest – 30th May.

Adrianna Brownlee

“Satellite phone battery almost dead – at Camp 4! Leaving tonight for summit push.”

Climbalaya Treks and Expeditions

“Soon after our Sherpa staffs came down the mountain to base camp, Antigen test was performed to make sure that they had not contacted the virus before they headed off to their respective villages and families . As it turned, all tests were negative and we are very happy and would like to thank brother Lhakpa Rita Dai and Alpine Ascents for providing the kits.

“As we head back to Lukla tomorrow, Climbalaya would like to thank all the Sherpa staffs for your resilience and working super hard during the expedition and look forward to seeing you all on our next expedition. Stay safe and healthy.”

Colin O’Brady

“CAMP 3 – Last night was one of the scariest of my life. A HUGE avalanche came off the side of Nuptse, a neighboring peak, in the middle of the night and sent a huge shock wave of snow and wind across Camp 2 where I was sleeping. Tent poles snapped, our dining tent was flattened and for a moment I thought it was the end.

“Thankfully nobody in camp was hurt, only gear destroyed.

“Given all of that it took some courage to strap on the crampons today and keep climbing toward the summit. But that is exactly what I did.

“It was a beautiful, sunny day to climb up to the small ledge at 23,500ft (7400m) in Camp 3 where I slept during my last rotation.

“I’m camped here for the night and will get up at first light to continue to Camp 4; the final camp before the summit!!

“Onward!”

Csaba Varga

(Message from Team)

“As we reported to you last night, snow slides damaged the tent of camp two around midnight in Nepali time and luckily no climber was injured. Today at dawn, we talked through the satellite phone with Csaba and came to the common decision that the only right decision was to turn back.

′′According to the team’s first rule, the decision can be made by the climber alone on the mountain, but considering the risk factors, we all felt that the only responsible decision was to turn back.

“The average of the past days was between 30-40 centimeters of snow and 40 km / h. Last night’s avalanche damaged camp 2 and supposedly the situation is no better in camp 3, plus the risk of additional avalanche risk is significant, especially on the Lhotse ice wall, which would be the next stage of the climb.

“Given that Csaba is climbing on his own, without sherpa help or replacement oxygen, there would be too high chances that under such circumstances, either up or down at an altitude where no one can help him. Eight-thousand expeditions always carry the risk, but under such extreme circumstances, the ′′ clean ′′ climbing would play gambling with his life, which is believed to be far beyond what sport and climbing means.” 

“Life and health are irreplaceable, and the mountain waits – we can never lose sight of this basic truth. Csaba has now returned safely to the base camp this morning and soon goes to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, and then from there to Budapest. Due to the epidemic situation in Nepal and the lockdowns, however, it is still questionable when and in which way he can travel home.”

Dreamers Destination

Phurba Tenjing Sherpa, the expedition leader writes:

“COVID, Weather, HELI … after successfully facing lots of challenges, me and my team are safely back home in Kathmandu with two astonishing world records.

“My sister Tsang Yin Hung Ada is the fastest woman to climb Everest in 25hr 50min.

“My youngest sister/my princess Kinjum Sherpa Nima Lhamu Sherpa made us “the most siblings that have climbed Everest” with her success.

“My brother/one of the finest mountaineering Speed Pemba Sherpa made the 21st ascent!!

“I would sincerely like to my thank all well-wishers, my super hardworking staffs, friends and supporters. We did it together!

“Special thanks goes to Mero LifeStyle team, Nirmal Shrestha dai, Josef Einwaller Papa, Davide Peluzzi & Marco Di Marcello brothers, Anita Lama Dd and Rojita Buddhacharya.

“What an expedition!!”

Elite Expeditions

“Good morning y’all from camp 3.

“The weather is beautiful today as expected.

“All Elite Expedition members had breakfast, now we will leave for camp 4 shortly .

“The elite team is looking as strong as a bull.

“Stay tuned for more updates.”

Jenn Drummond

“We’ve arrived at Camp 4, which is at a whopping 26,000ft! It took us all day to get here. I’m super tired, but grateful for the oxygen and the people who chose to Sherpa as a profession and make this climb possible for us. They truly are heroes with setting and maintaining lines.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“We go for the summit tomorrow!! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and followed me along this Everest journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope to have more updates for you soon. Wish us luck!”

Jessica Amity

“And just like that it seems Yaas has passed and left behind pristine blue skies and snow capped mountains!

“The season has been extended until June 3rd!”

Nima Namgyal Sherpa

“Another year to remember in my 10 years with BIG E.

“I believe 2021 was one of the most challenging season on Everest for everyone dealing with BIG E. Pandemic – Covid fear – Covid crisis – lockdown – Covid in EBC – 2 Cyclones – super bad weather for many days and so many more obstacles and challenges to overcome in order to make it happen.

“The mental workload was higher than the mountain to climb. We had a very safe and successful expedition but it was very adventurous from the start till the end.”

Tashi Lakpa Sherpa

“First time I have seen this kind of hit at Everest camp 2 during my 19th Everest expedition .

“Lots of tents got collapsed and damaged at camp 2 by avalanche last night….

“I really feel that mountain guiding is a short life…..”

Tomas Ceppi

“This time we could not reach 8,848 meters. of Everest.

“We had a difficult, changing and unforeseen season from which, without a doubt, I got many positive things, lessons and the desire to continue growing professionally and personally. 

“Clayton Wolfe, thank you very much for being the best companion on this journey. A great pleasure to be part of your experience and experience. Everest gave me a great friend. Congratulations for all your effort and work!

“Thank you @climbingthesevensummits for the trust and for giving me the opportunity to continue guiding in Everest. This time the mountain said no and we knew how to listen to it and made the best decision so that we can all return home. That is my ‘peak.'”

Seven Summit Treks

“Then again our team prepared to attempt the summit on 30th of May 2021 as the weather seemed quite favorable.

“We left Base Camp by 26th May night and 27th May reached to C2 but the weather again bacame challenging so quickly that it made us stick at C2 until date of hope on 29th May 2021.

“We the whole team along with other many other agency teams got stuck there and had to make a quick exit since there was little chance of making the summit.

Simon Ferrier-May

“After I got covid, any version of success seemed unachievable… so I’m very happy to have got the summit.

“Of our expedition (the company I had a permit with), there were 10 members and I think 14 sherpa…. Only Pemba and I made the summit. All others either got sick or turned around.

“Everest, for me, is done. I’m never coming back. But I stood on top of the world, and no one will ever be able to take that away from me.”

Summit Climb

“Last night, it rained in Lukla; our heli had to land in Pheriche.

“Our team, plus heli-co staff piled into a lodge for spirited celebration of YESTERDAY being anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Tenzing Norgay Sherpa making 1st ascent of Mighty Mt Everest on Royal Geographical Expedition led by Sir Lord John Hunt: 29 May, 1953.

“Imagine this scene: successful Summit Climb Everest team giddy to finally be away from BC + hard working Nepali heli crew grounded in Pheriche lodge on short notice with happy summiters.

“Obviously, prodigious amount of celebration was achieved to honour Tenzing and Hillary’s 1st ascent of Earth’s highest spot.

“Side note: helis did not arrive early in bc this morning! At 3am, 8 of our Sherpas departed BC to climb to C2 + C3: dig out tents, O2 cylinders, masks, regulators, epigas cans/burners, member eqp, rubbish. Sherpas returned BC 8pm. Wow”