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

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.