Well done everyone! Today is… a slog! The team are now all resting and hydrating at Camp 4 aka South Col, winds will be dropping soon, and we are super proud of everyone. Today was one of the greater hurdles of the ascent and we did it!
Only once you have climbed up the remaining Lhotse face, past upper Camp 3 and the Yellow Band, do you still have the intimidating Geneva Spur to go! Kinda a traverse, but the word traverse looses meaning when your destination is at 8000m! (8,016m to be exact! a huge achievement for everyone.) The team is using supplemental oxygen at this point and will continue to do so until safely down from the summit to the South Col and even below some.
Plans for summit coming up shortly…
Route to South Col as seen from way below, long and steep:
The upper mountain and summit day route, 850m gain:
View of Everest and the S. Col from yesterday’s Camp 3: