A summary of events from the slopes of Everest on 17th May 2022.
Taken from Social Media and Team Pages – updated throughout the day
Our Everest and Lhotse expedition main team in now safely in position on the Lhotse Face at Camp 3 (7230m/23,720ft) and it’s full speed ahead towards the summit! Targeting a move to Camp 4 (7900m/25,919ft) on the South Col tomorrow and summit day thereafter.
Jonathan Duke Ruane
I was incredibly lucky. The expedition went off without a hitch. The push for the summit went exactly to plan and we hit the top at dawn – meaning most of the climbing was done by moonlight and arriving at the summit as the sun came up. Couldn’t have been better.
I got back from the summit to the lower altitude of Camp 2 in just a few hours and am now all the way through the ice field and safely back at base camp.
There are too many people go thank so I’ll do that later. For now, I’m still enjoying the feeling of being on top of the world.
Nuptse update….and then there were two.
Steve and Jay made there way to C2 yesterday but unfortunately it ended up being a 14+ hr day. Steve was very low on energy having just had a tummy bug for a few days and Jay was still low on energy from the previous foray at altitude. They rested up at C2 for the night but felt so drained that the prospect of trying Nuptse again seemed a LONG way off. They made the tough decision to descend and have returned to EBC.
After a lot of umming and aahing Dawa Tenzing Sherpa and I have decided to give Nuptse one last go. We trek to Nuptse C3 tomorrow and rest up for the afternoon before setting off into the night to jug the endless ropes up the steep slopes. It’ll be made all the harder because we will need to break trail (again) and undoubtedly sections of rope will need to be freed from the snow and ice. However, we have all night and all day and there’s no rush. Just steady away trying our best to conserve energy and making our limited water and snacks last as long as possible.