Everest: Summit Push is On!

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The Bahraini team performs a final puja before heading for the Khumbu Icefall at night. Photo: Seven Summit Treks

The moment has arrived: The first wave of climbers is heading for the summit of Everest. Details are scarce, especially about the state of the ropes, but some teams have begun to head up.

Seven Summit Treks has reported that the Bahraini team is on the go, although they will move at a rather relaxed pace. They head for Camp 2 tomorrow and will rest there on Saturday. They then head to Camp 3 on Sunday, Camp 4 at the South Col on Monday, and the summit on Tuesday. Pakistani media report that so-called Broad Boy, 19-year-old Shehroze Kashif, who shares a permit and logistics with the Bahrainis, has joined them.

Garrett Madison and his team have just returned from Camp 3 and need some days of rest. However, he mentioned that British guides Kenton Cool and Jon Gupta, “along with their climbers, Ardavan and Rebecca, are planning to head up soon. They’re here at Camp II, and they’re probably going to make their summit bid in a few days.”

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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PolarQuest
2 months ago

More “tourists” sucking 02 to keep their egos breathing whilst a whole nation undergoes a catastrophic shortage of oxygen.

Makes me ashamed to have anything to do do with the “mountaineering” community.

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Thomas
Thomas
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

I totally agree with you. A friend of mine is climbing Everest with IMG right now. As much as I want him to get a chance to complete the entire expedition (and hopefully he’ll be able to summit), I’m not sure if it’s ethical to continue the climb. People in Nepal and India are dying from lack of the supplement of O2. How many people could be saved from all the O2 tanks (I believe there are hundreds, if not thousands) stashed on Everest? It seems that Everest always shows the ugly side of commercial climbing expeditions. I hope they’ll… Read more »

Climber
Climber
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Tell that those guys, who earn for years that money to climb it this year finaly….some of your points i dont agree with, Better those superstars like mike postner or those who get supported, they should donate the country with some K$ more… The country earn a lot of money with the permits this year. I guess the insurance for climbing high Mountains didnt have any procedure contract about covid 19 if you retired from the whole Expedition..

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Pri
Pri
2 months ago
Reply to  Climber

There is no better person than a climber or a mountaineer who can understand the need of oxygen. Just imagine a struggle of an individual at ground level for the O2. I myself belong to this mountaineering community and understand the hard work behind that one chance to summit. But mountains are not going anywhere, one can prepare again and attempt. If a life is lost at this stage, it is not going to come back. I would not say to donate O2 as that’s a personal choice, but atleast one can keep them available for use where it is… Read more »

PolarQuest
2 months ago
Reply to  Pri

Although donating that 02 would be a worthy & ethical thing to do. Particularly to the very institutions these mountain tourists will turn to in the event of getting sick themselves.

The 02 used by the gasping “climbers” dragging to the summit of an 8k peak, could well contribute to lives saved and no amount of ego or self justification makes that right. Besides, you can still climb…or try…without 02, that also would fall within the “ethical” & “proper” ways to climb, albeit a different discussion.

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
2 months ago
Reply to  Climber

Even climbers who saved for years have means– and medical support– far beyond the Nepalis who are dying of Covid because there are no hospital beds and no O2. I agree, climbers losing that money and that opportunity would be sad for them. However in the scheme of global tragedy, they are the “haves” and the “have-nots” are suffering far far more. These climbers are very lucky they had this money to spend on a non-essential hobby in the first place.

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Pablo
Pablo
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Esos NO son montañistas, son comerciantes y clientes.

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Zack Mitchell
Zack Mitchell
2 months ago

Reports on IG that the rope fixing team have reached the top @ 18:00hrs nepal time

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Last edited 2 months ago by Zack Mitchell
Sarah
Sarah
2 months ago
Reply to  Zack Mitchell

Thats Great News. The best of luck for all teams on their summit bit and for coming down safely again. Have fun and enjoy.

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PChams
PChams
2 months ago

Why is this covered but not that Kami Rita Sherpa from fixing team has summitted for the 25th time? Maybe they do not class as “explorers” and just mere porters.

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MuddyBoots
MuddyBoots
2 months ago

Anyone here see the film “Downfall”/ “Der Untergang”?
I believe 2021 summits will be forever stained in the eyes of much of the public. The image of wealthy tourists climbing on O2 as people died because Nepal’s hospitals ran out of beds and O2 is too powerful to explain away. Every expedition and every climber has different reasons and a different story, but all will be tarred with analogy to Nero fiddling while Rome burned, Trump playing golf instead of working to manage the US epidemic, 3rd Reich senior officials partying as their empire crumbled. Der Untergang. EverestClimbersdammerung.

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Shahrukh
Shahrukh
2 months ago

All the best. Come back safe and victorious.

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Anders
Anders
2 months ago

Hej, hope everything is OK.
Don’t want to be a smart-ass, but..
All the money the government getting from the climber the can use in a good way and it’s help saving more people than jus theC02 bottles do? 40k dollars or 2 tubes..

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Joe Dhillon India
Joe Dhillon India
2 months ago

Not right to criticise climbers at this critical juncture. They take years to plan and add all savings of their life to achieve their dream. Rather income generated out of royality is enough to save precious lives of haven’ts in Nepal. Though I am strictly against commercial Climbing, we should not discourage climbers sitting at higher camps. Rather we should pray for their safety and safe return to their homeland after successful climbs.
Cheers and best wishes.

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Sarah
Sarah
2 months ago

Well spoken. We ALL have only this one life and it is fully up to them to make their own private decision to climb Everest or any other place they wish. It’s neither up to other people to judge the reasons people have to fulfill their aims nor to judge the point of time WHEN they decide to do so. Furthermore it’s a bit short thinking to call for climbers to go home… the Sherpa People badly DO need tourism to come back. I wish everybody success and to come home safely!

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Penny Irene Waterman
Penny Irene Waterman
2 months ago

Any definitive word on the approaching cyclone??

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