High Winds Stall Everest Summit Push

The wind has halted Andzej Bargiel’s attempt to climb and ski down Everest for now. He and Janusz Golab made great progress yesterday, covering the entire distance from Base Camp to Camp 3. But this morning, as they tried to get to the South Col to set up Camp 4, the wind hit them hard.

They did manage to reach the location of Camp 4 at roughly 8,000m, but the wind was simply to strong for a tent to stay standing. Eventually, they decided to retreat to either Camps 2 or 3.

Not yet over

The most conservative plan is to go down to Camp 2, which is not as exposed to the wind, and wait for better conditions there. Yet the climbers are still on their way down as we post this story, and they will consider stopping at C3 for another attempt tomorrow if the weather improves, Bargiel’s home team just wrote on Twitter.

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.