Garrett Madison gave us this update from Everest Base Camp, following news that several of his team members had summitted Everest this morning.
“Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Everest and Lhotse expedition! Today is May 11 and we have some exciting news to report.
“Jon Gupta, Kenton Cool, and Rebecca Ferry have all summited Everest along with three of our Nepal Sherpa team (Dorjee Gelgen Sherpa, Chhetan Dorjee Sherpa, Lakpa Wongchu Sherpa). They are back in Camp IV on the South Col now resting up. It sounds like tonight some of them will be going for Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. Hopefully they’ll have another great day up there. It sounded like almost no wind today on the Everest summit and they got some great photos and video. Another great day coming tomorrow in the weather forecast before the winds pick up.
“The rest of our team is doing well. We had some members return from Namche today and the rest of the team is coming back from Namche tomorrow. We will be doing our distancing and isolating when people come back – staying away from the group for 72 hours and testing upon arrival and after 72 hours. So we’re feeling good about that and looking forward to a good long time here in base camp resting up before we head up on our summit rotation. We’re waiting for that weather forecast to look good for us.
“So, all’s well here in base camp. We’ll be training with our oxygen systems over the next few days and doing some hikes to the surrounding areas and just enjoying Everest base camp.
“All’s well here and we’ll check in soon!”