IMG's 2018 Mt. Everest Expedition Coverage
Led by Eric Simonson, Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Greg Vernovage, Emily Johnston, Harry Hamlin, Phunuru Sherpa, Kevin Kayl, and Craig John
"Even the Crows Are Walking"
May 23, 2018
All of our climbers and Sherpa have now descended to EBC. The Team was up early at Camp 2 for one more day of climbing downhill. It was a challenge for them to get out of the warm sleeping bags at Camp 2, but well worth it to get down through the Icefall before the sun hits and makes things hot and unstable. Among the items brought down by the climbers were a number of fantastic photos from the last several days.
After celebrating at EBC and a number of high fives and hugs, it was then time to turn focus to getting to Kathmandu. All the members were planning on taking a helicopter ride down to Lukla, but the weather in Lukla has been less than perfect the last couple of days and today was the same. Right now it is fogged in and raining in Lukla where the helicopters are on standby until the weather clears. As the Sherpas say, "Even the crows are walking!"
Our Sherpa Team still has some work to do with bringing gear down from Camp 2 and we are looking forward to having our last load down and through the Icefall soon.
All is well on Mount Everest but Lukla is a bit wet!
Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader
All Summit Climbers are Down to Base Camp
May 23, 2018 (12:15am PDT; 1pm Nepal)
Good news: Greg Vernovage reports all members down to EBC.
Sherpas are buttoning up C2 and bringing gear down from C3. They'll have all the gear down to EBC in two days.
Way to go Team!
Eric Simonson, IMG Partner
Simultaneous Lhotse and Everest Summits; All Climbers in C2
May 22, 2018
As another great day for our climbing teams comes to a close here at Everest Base Camp, Ang Jangbu and I are relieved to report that all of today's climbers are back at Camp 2.
The second wave of our Classic Team left the South Col at 9:00pm under perfect conditions. They experienced no traffic en route to the summit and our first climbers arrived on top at 4:54am. They were treated to a beautiful sunrise from the highest point on earth, with no wind and no clouds. After reaching the summit, it was soon time to start the descent to the South Col. With no traffic, the entire team descended smoothly and arrived back on the Col with plenty of time to rehydrate and rest before continuing their descent this afternoon.
Our Lhotse climbers left the South Col around 11pm and made a descending traverse to the "Lhotse Y" before taking a steep left turn. From there, the Team climbed the upper Lhotse Face to the entrance of the Lhotse Couloir. Once in the this steep and narrow groove, technique really takes over. You must choose your steps carefully on the rock, ice and snow and then slide your ascender up the fixed rope. It is steep climbing, and there is no good place to pull over for a drink and snack so this must be done on the fly. Slow and steady, the climbers worked their way up to the last 30 meters of the Couloir where it gets even steeper. From the top of this nearly vertical final pitch they climbed the last few meters to the summit of the world's fourth highest mountain, reaching the top in great form at 4:56am. This meant that we had Teams on top of both Everest and Lhotse at the same time!
It was a great day for our climbers, and we are looking forward to welcoming them all back to EBC tomorrow!
Greg Vernovage, Expedition Leader