April 30, 2012
On Everest, the Classic climbers and Lhotse climbers are wrapping up their first acclimatization rotation and are heading down to Base Camp. Meanwhile, the Hybrid climbers have now moved back up to Camp 2, for their second rotation. The Sherpa fixing team is getting close to reaching the South Col. See the Everest Page for more info.
IMG guide Liam O’Sullivan and the Ama Dablam climbers are wrapping up a couple days of acclimatization at Everest Base Camp, and are ready to head back down to Lobuche Peak. While at EBC they had the chance to get all rigged up and practice on the “ropes course” out on the glacier. Now they are looking forward to climbing Lobuche Peak, before heading over to Ama Dablam.
Ama Dablam climbers training at EBC
Ama Dablam climbers getting rigged up for fixed rope practice.
Down at Gorak Shep, IMG guide Jenni Fogle reports that the Maida Mountaineers custom trek team had a nice climb of Kala Pattar, and will be pulling into Everest Base Camp tomorrow. Everyone is doing well, and they are having lots of fun.
At Annapurna 4, IMG guide Eben Reckord reports that they had more than a foot of snow up at Camp 1 overnight, so they are pulling the sherpas down and delaying their next rotation up the hill. They will all be taking another rest day or two at Base Camp, to let the slopes stabilize higher up.