Everest: Rope Fixers Reach Camp 4 — with Aerial Support

On Everest, the rope-fixing team reached Camp 4 at the South Col yesterday. Seven Summit Treks says they could reach the summit on May 10, which is earlier than usual but not as early as the company had previously estimated. In recent years, the first Everest summits came in mid-May, though last year, the first Sherpas had already summited on May 7.

It is unclear whether last year’s rope fixers received any aerial support. This season, no one has been shy about admitting the use of helicopters. In fact, well-known climber and pilot, Simone Moro, is doing the flying.

“Today, 11 rotations carrying heavy material and taking away garbage from Everest Camp 2 (6,450m),” Moro noted earlier this week. “In this way, crossing the Icefall, very dangerous for the Sherpas, was avoided.”

Everest’s Valley of Silence, opposite the Lhotse Face: the site of Camp 2. Photo: Suhajda Szilard

 

Moro has shared a video with some impressive footage of the helicopter maneuvering at Everest’s Valley of Silence. Watch it here:

Only for ropes and rescues

The sight of a helicopter soaring up above the Khumbu Icefall is becoming more frequent. However, these flights are — at least theoretically — restricted.

Rope-fixing team leader Kami Rita Sherpa in a heavily loaded helicopter at Everest Base Camp. Photo: Kami Rita Sherpa

 

“Helicopters are allowed in Camp 2 only under two circumstances,” Nivesh Karki, executive director at Pioneer Adventure, told ExplorersWeb. “First, to carry ropes and anchors for the rope fixers, so they can avoid several trips up and down the Icefall; and, second, to perform a rescue.

He explained that airlifting clients not willing to risk the journey up or down the Icefall is illegal.

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides 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 national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn
2 months ago

Not so long ago these Sherpas tried to murder Simone, now he is again helping them so much. Says a lot about his good moral strength.

Faith
Faith
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter Flynn

When did the Sherpas try to murder him? What would be the reason?

Tara
Tara
2 months ago
Reply to  Faith

Ego.

Tom Hayes
Tom Hayes
2 months ago

Fixed ropes. Air support. Pathetic.

Duder
Duder
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Hayes

How many times have you reached the summit of Everest without ropes that you can call them pathetic?

Bill
Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Duder

Bullfight critics ranked in rows
Crowd the enormous plaza full;
But only one there is who knows
And he’s the man who fights the bull.

Anže Bukovnik
Anže Bukovnik
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Hayes

Whatever saves lives. There are other demanding mountains where climbers can prove themselves.

Mike Davey
Mike Davey
2 months ago
Reply to  Anže Bukovnik

When you have climbed Everest you will know enough to judge others who try.

Skier
Skier
2 months ago

An absolute abomination. Next people will just take a heli to the summit and call it a day

Tara
Tara
2 months ago
Reply to  Skier

Sure. Like all kinds of lifts in Alps. But in Alps it’s not called climbing. 🙂

Tara
Tara
2 months ago

He is not flying to help. It’s bussiness.

andri
andri
2 months ago

Moro the Merchant