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Summit Push to Start in 4 Hours

We just had a brief satellite phone call from 26,000ft.

Our team members are right now at Camp 4 on the South Col, all doing their best to get a bit of sleep. At 9pm their time, they will be getting up and making their final preparations, then leaving camp at 11pm for their summit push. We have 12 members, 4 guides and 17 sherpa ready for a day that could last more than 20 hours, as they climb up to the roof of the world, then back down to Camp 4.

The news is that they are strong and…

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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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Heading for the Snow

Lost baggage and an abnormally wet dry season isn’t getting this team down! They had a great New Year’s on the mountain with a better excuse than I have for not staying up ’til midnight! Everyone is feeling strong at 14,000′ and will proceed to their final camp at 15, 500′ tomorrow, where they will stay for two nights before their summit bid on the morning of the 4th. Although there is significantly more snow on Kili than normal, they should be able to climb as anticipated without the use of crampons. We’ll hear more after summit day!
-Emily…

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All Our Climbers Safely Back in Base Camp

First, the good news: all our climbers are safely back in Base Camp. They have all suffered through slogging up the tallest mountain in the world, achieved their amazing goal of standing on the top of the world, and have all climbed back down to the safety of Base Camp. Tomorrow, they all start on their journeys back to pick up their real lives, with the fastest planning helicopter trips out in the morning.

Second, the bad news: the weather has changed, with the warmer winds and wet snows of the monsoon season starting. This has resulted in a softening…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Has Begun!

Yesterday, the team climbed from the gate of the Rongai Route at 6000′ to the First Cave Camp at 9000′ and will continue hiking today for about eight hours to Camp Kikelewa at 12,000′. With the snow line of this El Nino year being particularly low at about 16,000′, the views have been spectacular. Everyone is healthy and having fun and we’ll hopefully get another report soon!…

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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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