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All Successfully Summit Everest!

Another quick satellite phone call from 26,000ft:

All 12 members, 4 guides and 17 sherpa successfully climbed to the roof of the world, and back down to Camp 4 at the South Col. The weather was perfect, no wind, cold at the summit, but quite warm lower down. The summit was totally clear, with incredible views all around. There were very few other climbers summiting at that time, affording our climbers time to savour their triumph at the top, and meaning they did not face the traffic jams that occured last year at the Hillary Step.

Half the team have…

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Rope Fixing and Summits

May 5 was a special day – for me, our rope fixing sherpa, and all of the climbers waiting for their chance at Everest’s summit. After hours of studying weather maps and the jet stream, Russell Brice made the call that May 4 and 5 would give ideal weather for fixing rope to the summit. A team of 9 sherpa was put together, 3 from our team (HimEx), three from IMG, and three from AAI. Together they would fix almost 2000 meters of rope above 8000 meters, meeting at Camp II on the 3rd, then fixing to the Balcony on…

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First Summits of the Season!!!

Here’s a short update from a thrilled Adrian:

I am back in BC after a pretty amazing day yesterday. I summited Everest with the rope fixing Sherpa! Totally unexpected, the timing just worked well, and the 9 Sherpa who fix to the summit were excited to have a western guide along to work on replacing anchors, bolting, and cleaning old ropes. It was the perfect day; only the 10 of us on the summit, great weather (worked all day in leather gloves at 29,000′), and over an hour on the summit. And we worked our tails off – cut down…

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