MountEverest.net has posted an update on the teams still on Everest and as predicted last week, the weather window seems to have opened for a late summit push. The DCXP Team and the Project Himalaya team have moved up to Camp 3 and are making their summit bids tonight. Meanwhile, the Altitude Everest team, with Conrad Anker, has finished spending a night at 7500m and have moved back down to ABC to further along their acclimatization process. If the weather holds, and everything goes according to plan, they’ll make their push next week this time. An in that vintage 1920’s climbing gear no less. It looks like the record setting season on Everest isn’t over just yet.
Meanwhile, we’ve also received word that Korean climber Um Hong-Gi has summitted Lhotse Shar via its South Face. He completed the climb last Thursday. This was his fourth attempt on that route, having been turned back on his first attempt do to bad weather. On his second attempt, and avalanche claimed two of his teammates, forcing the team down, and on the third attempt the conditions on the high ridges threatened more avalanches. But Um stuck with it, and finally accomplished his goal.
For everyone still on Everest, and in the Himalaya in general, climb safe. The Monsoon won’t be far off now, so it’s time to finish up, get down, and come home in one piece.
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