Everest: Kami Rita Evacuated With Snowblindness; Summit News Expected

Kami Rita Sherpa, who smashed his own record (again) by summiting Everest for an astonishing 26th time on Saturday, showed symptoms of snow blindness during the descent. He was airlifted from Camp 2 to Base Camp. After receiving congratulations from everyone there, he flew on to Kathmandu.

Snow blindness is a temporary but painful condition. It’s a sunburn on the cornea of the eye from UV light. Though generally not serious, it increases the risks during activities requiring clear vision, such as downclimbing the Khumbu Icefall.

Meanwhile, we expect summit news at any time. Teams such as the all-Black Full Circle Everest expedition from the U.S. should be topping out today. A SummitClimb group should be in Camp 4, with at least two members considering a no-O2 summit push.

“The weather is mildly overcast, warm with light snow,” they reported yesterday.

Camp 3 on Everest. Photo: SummitClimb/EverestNews

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Jmaf
Jmaf
15 days ago

Is Full Circle Everest climbing unguided and without Sherpa support? Or are they using a guide service and sherpas? If so, which group are they climbing with?

Jmaf
Jmaf
15 days ago

So Phil Henderson will lead and they will ascend without sherpa support? If that’s not the case then it is disrespectful to their sherpa guides and climbing support, who will do the lion share of the hard work on the climb, to call this an all black expedition. All black clients on a sherpa lead and guided climb. Give credit where credit is due.

Last edited 15 days ago by Jmaf
Carole Brons
Carole Brons
15 days ago
Reply to  Jmaf

All Sherpas must always be included in the assent on Everest.

Supreet
Supreet
14 days ago
Reply to  Jmaf

They are using guides and services of a Climbing team.

Apy
Apy
15 days ago

First summiteer on Everest: Portuguese Pedro Quieros 9 May 9.39am
https://www.instagram.com/p/CdY5Y_GL4e7/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Marie
Marie
15 days ago
Reply to  Apy

If Kami Rita Sherpa summitted (probably alongside other Sherpas) on Saturday, Mr Quieros cannot be the first summiteer on Everest this Spring season.

Apy
Apy
14 days ago
Reply to  Marie

Correction: first non-Nepali summiteer…

Matthias
Matthias
14 days ago

Does Kami Ritas climb count as summit if he was airlifted part of the way down?

Earl Boehm
Earl Boehm
14 days ago
Reply to  Matthias

How many have summited Everest and died on the way down? (Hundreds) Should they count?

Hillary
Hillary
14 days ago
Reply to  Matthias

Yes. It counts. He did summit, just needed assistance with his descent.

Aj duggal
Aj duggal
14 days ago

We should manufacture one seated drone, rent it- touch the peak of mount everest, and come back. This is too many weekend without party man 😊