It’s DECIDED! Tonight is going to be good for us, and the team are heading off for their summit bid in just an hour and a half!
The guides and Sherpa are melting water, making hot drinks and getting preparations underway for a 2300 departure Nepal time. I have been pouring through numerous weather forecasts and relaying all the information up the mountain for days. The winds have calmed down now considerably at the South Col after yesterday, and our weather forecasts predict that they will stay that way, as our team ventures out into the night. Lower winds in the night to keep warm are good for us compared to a windier descent with sun. The warmth of the sun will be hitting them good and early on the South Summit ridge!
We will send an update once they leave camp and will continue to follow their progress up the mountain through the night here, Wednesday in the USA.
The BBE 2017 Everest Team aka the Three Musketeers or 3M – John Oldring, Reagan Rick and Ed McCullough aka Mac – are climbing tonight with Damian and Willie Benegas, Lopsang Sherpa IFMGA, Lhakpa Sherpa, Dawa Sherpa, as well as Pasang Bhote and Chedden Lama Sherpa, our trainees who are going to summit for the first time.
Khangdu Sherpa and Rinjin Bhote who have both summitted previously will remain stationed at the S. Col for back up and communications, and Lam Babu Sherpa IFMGA is on the radio in C2, as well as myself and Raju Rai in BC!
Everest rises over 850 meters above Camp 4 at the South Col. Lhotse, forth highest mountain in the world, rises over 500 meters from the other side of Camp 4. It’s an impressive location for sure….
For now the team will be hydrating and eating, after snoozing a little on oxygen at the Col in preparation for their summit bid tonight, although in fairness they won’t be very hungry, or able to sleep too well, but hey, every little helps!
After much much waiting and patience on BBE’s part, the numbers going for the summit tonight are much smaller than earlier this week. Stay tuned, there will be frequent blog posts here as our climbers make their way to the top of the world!! WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE CLIMB!!