Thursday, June 13, 2024
Everest 2021

CTSS Team cancels Everest Expedition

The Climbing the Seven Summits team has cancelled their Everest Summit Season after Covid ran through their camp.

A disappointed, but understanding, Meghan Buchanan shared the news via her Facebook page:

“This morning, we 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!
Just another obstacle to overcome! Everest can’t get away that easy from me! GGRIT runs through my veins!

Summit hopeful Jess Wedel added;

“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.”