An Everest update from Gaz Jones, Elite Expeditions – 6th May.
“We begin by climbing up through the infamous Khumbu icefall from basecamp to camp 1. You can’t help but feel like tiny ants as you pass through the never ending mass of ice chunks and XL deep crevasses. There are many steep vertical sections and openings that you either ascend or descend, or if luckily pass over or around. You move from 17,500 to 20,000 feet from EBC to C1, but you could easily add another 1000+ feet due to so many gnarly up and down sections.
“The icefall is full of unique shapes that create an unforgiving and ever changing terrain that you have to navigate. We started climbing in the night but once the sun hits the danger increases tenfold. This is due to increased movements and subsequent ice collapses as the glacier flows down the mountain.”
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