On the North Side, Alex Abramov’s 7 Summits Club has arrived in Kathmandu and have met with Russel Brice’s Himex team to discuss fixing ropes up the mountain. As reported, the Himex Sherpa’s will go up the mountain to put down the fixed ropes for the other teams, with every climber putting $100 into Brice’s coffers. Himex will also, as is the norm, set the climbing schedule for the other teams using their ropes.
Over on the South side, the report is that the Sherpas have been building tent platforms for all the teams that will be arriving soon at Base Camp. Alan also explains the politics of BC a bit, with teams sending their Sherpas in early to mark out a preferred spot. He notes that some teams like to be close to the Khumbu Icefalls to shorten their climb some, while others prefer to be further away to prevent traffic from going through their camp.
Also, check out the short introduction to the “Teahouses” in the area that act as hostels for the climbers trekking up the Khumbu Valley to BC. It’s a nice read and offers insights into the climbing exerpience that you don’t always find somewhere else. Great stuf Alan!
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