GreatOutdoors.com has posted an article by Dave Hahn who pulled a “two-fer” on Everest in 2006, summiting first during the Spring season in May, and then again in October, after the monsoon season had passed. An impressive feat to say the least.
Dave says that while he’s proud of his achievement, he didn’t necessarily set out to summit twice in a year as a goal. it just sort of happened, and on both climbs he was focused on reaching the top on that particular expedition. He also notes that while it’s a nice achievement, there have been sherpas who have topped out twice in a week. He is, however, particularly proud of his Autumn summit, as climbing post-monsoon is generally colder and windier than in the Spring, and is far less crowded.
He goes on to talk about the time commitment for these expeditions and how the climbs differed from Spring to Fall. It’s an interesting read, as Everest is a different mountain in those two seasons.