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Rope Fixing and Summits

Two mountaineers navigating a glacier on a Gasherbrum II Expedition
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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 the 4th, and to the summit on the 5th.