Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Final Preparations...

Photo: Greg Healey Collection

The whole summit team have now arrived at ABC and are making their final preparations for our summit bid. As expected the mountain has been extremely busy the last couple of days with 100+ climbers heading for the summit this morning on the recently fixed lines. There was a long crocodile of headtorches visable on the ridge for most of the night.

Our planned summit date of the 26th means we'll have the mountain totally to ourselves so no chance of any traffic jams. The wind speeds are continuing to drop and everything is looking pretty much ideal. A final rest day tomorrow and we'll be heading up to the North Col on the 23rd. A quick count today revealed our Sherpa team have 26 Everest summits between them plus a handfull of Cho Oyu, Shishapanga and Manaslu. Even our ABC cook has topped out a couple of times!

Today's highlight was Babu Tsonar from Pokhara paragliding from the summit of Everest. His orange canopy was highlighted for a few moments just before 10 o'clock before he dropped out of view down the South West face. Previous flights have taken just 11 minutes to descend all the way to the south side base camp.