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First summit on Everest: Rope Fixing Team on top

Posted: May 10, 2013 09:44 am EDT

(Newsdesk) The rope fixing team on Everest South side summited at 11:30 AM May 10th, reported Adrian Ballinger from Alpenglow Expeditions.

The weather is good says Adrian, with sun and moderate winds. "This means the team has not only been able to summit and string ropes, but has also been improving anchors, and looking at ways to lessen traffic jams on the difficult sections of the route."

Adrian recalls his rope-fixing to the summit with the rope-fixing Sherpa in 2010 and 2011, "To be on the highest mountain on Earth with no footsteps in front of you and no ropes is humbling. And to be up there with 10 or so of the strongest high altitude climbers on the planet makes it even better."

The rope fixing team is descending to Camp 2 to spend the night.

Word about the summit was sent over to ExplorersWeb by Bob A. Schelfhout Aubertijn.


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Adrian Ballinger's 2011 photo: Approaching the South Summit while rope-fixing to Everest's summit.
Image by Adrian Ballinger courtesy Adrian Ballinger, SOURCE
2013 ropes: Adrian and Sergey Baranov cross the bergshrund onto the Lhotse Face
Image by Adrian Ballinger courtesy Adrian Ballinger, SOURCE