Daily Team Updates from Everest – 14th May
“The IMG climbers have packed their food, done their final practice with the oxygen masks, and had their final meetings about the plans. The weather reports are improving in a few days, and the team is now looking forward to getting up the mountain and putting themselves in position for the summit bids.”
“It is always nice to fill up on good food before heading up the mountain, and this evening head cook Kaji and assistant cook Purna prepared a special steak and gravy dinner with all the trimmings for the departing climbers. Our first group of climbers will be leaving Base Camp in the early morning hours tomorrow for their climb up the Icefall to Camp 1, and then up to Camp 2 the following day. The second group will be leaving the following day.
“It is getting exciting for the IMG Team on Mount Everest!”
“We went through the Khumbu last night, quickly and without problems.
“Shortly after Camp One, the sun came out and started to fry us. Everyone came to the Second Camp boiled and completely low on energy. In personal tents, it’s like a sauna, but as soon as the cloud covers, it becomes cold.
“The weather is not good.
“On the 14th May the paid wind forecast is saying up to 60 km per hour. On the 15th to 50th km per hour, and then it’s getting stronger.
“In such a wind climbing Everest chances are small, but it’s hard work to come back. The decision is not easy, because everyone wants to go home quickly – to relatives, but the risks are not justified so we go down to the base camp.
“We will wait for the weather window from 20th May.
“Sometimes you have to retreat and wait to reach the top. We will wait and let everything work out on the next attempt.
“Today was a busy day in basecamp, with personal summit Sherpa check ins and the oxygen systems review!
“Our group for the #everest2021 summit push is feeling strong and looking at forecasts in preparation.”
“The team of the 7 Summits Club expedition “Everest-Lhotse 2021” returned to the Everest Base Camp full of strength and health.
“Everyone is ready to go to climb summits, even tomorrow!
“It is cold and lonely in the camp, with a strong wind. But the tents are chic, wind-water proof, full height, with an insulated inner layer.
“Blankets are large, thick, pillows and beds with 6 legs.
“We also sleep with a heater. Everyone is very happy to return to such tents after the cold mountain loggias!”
“All members and Sherpas are in base camp. We are pleased to be all together again.
“Now we are watching the forecasts, in order to attempt to choose the best weather window for summiting.”