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Closing in: Monday first target for Everest Summit

K2 Mountain Poles

Second chance for quake survivors; hope for sufferers of blood clotting issues

Mountain Professionals arrived Camp 2 on Mount Everest south side Friday. Many from this small team of 5 climbers for Everest and 1 climber on Lhotse are returning from the 2015 Earthquake season.

Modern commercial expeditions routinely deliver clients to summit conveyor belt style, discouraging questions and involvement in climbing decisions. Mountain Professionals comprise personalized teams training mountaineering skills during ascents.

This season the Mount Everest expedition also includes US Chris Bombardier who will try to be the first person with Hemophilia to climb Everest. The condition involves blood clotting, making it a major challenge on high altitude.

The group is led by renowned polar explorer and high altitude mountaineer Ryan Waters, who reported from camp 2 a collaboration of Sherpas will fix rope to the South Col over the weekend and potentially the Summit on May 1st if all goes to plan.

The rest of his expedition will acclimate to camp 3 on the 30th and return to base camp on May 1st ready for summit push in May.

Wikipedia: Hemophilia is a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury. The condition is typically caused by a hereditary lack of a coagulation factor, most often factor VIII.

Expedition dispatches

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