September 26, 2009
Cho Oyu summit photo taken just before sunrise. Left to right: Renata, Sandosh, Mayk, and Mingma Tenji (entire team not pictured).
September 25, 2009
Greg Vernovage reports that all members made it safely down to ABC, just in time for some of cook Kaji Sherpa’s “home cooking”! The Sherpas have now pulled down the remaining loads from Camp 2 and only a few loads remain at Camp 1. Yaks have been ordered and the current plan is to depart ABC on the 27th and hopefully go all the way to Nyalam or Zhangmu, and then arrive back to Kathmandu on the 28th. We’ll keep you posted!
September 24, 2009 (10:00pm)
Just off the phone with Greg and all is well on Cho Oyu. Everyone made it to the top yesterday and then descended to C1. Today they will go on down to ABC.
He said the weather yesterday was excellent but this morning it is cold and windy with a cloud cap on the upper mountain!
Congrats to Greg Vernovage, Rafal Szczepanik, Renata Piszczek, James Davidson, Sandhosh Kumar, Mayk Schega, Anastasia Iliopoulou (first Greek female to climb an 8000’er), Danuru Sherpa, Mingma Tenjing Sherpa, Mingma Dorjee Sherpa, Penjo and Kheju (Tibetan climbers). A job well done!
** All time references are Tibet time. It’s 1:00pm local time (10:00pm PST) at the time of this post.
September 23, 2009 (10:55am)
We received word from IMG Guide Greg Vernovage yesterday that the team had arrived at C2! All is well and the team is on schedule.
It’s close to 2am on September 24 in Tibet so summit bids should be underway… Stay tuned for more updates.
September 21, 2009
Phil Ershler called in last night (10:21pm PST – 8:21am in Tanzania) after summitting Kili with 14 of his team members on top! The weather was good and the team moved uphill in good form and in good time!
They’ll head down past their High Camp at Barafu Hut on down to Mweka Hut in the forest… Then they’re off on safari in the Serenghetti!
September 21, 2009
IMG Cho Oyu team summit bids begin.
IMG leader Greg Vernovage reports that the weather is good, the team is healthy, the camps are all set, the ropes are fixed, and it is time to go climb Cho Oyu!
The plan is for the team is:
September 21st – C1 (6400m / 20992ft.)
September 22nd – C2 (7100m / 23290ft.)
September 23rd – C3 (7450m / 24600ft.)
September 24th – Wake up at midnight and leave in the dark, reach summit early morning and descend to C2
September 25th – Back to ABC
More as it comes in…
- Eric Simonson
September 18, 2009
Phil called in from what has become his annual September Kilimanjaro climb…
The group had a good day after an afternoon rainstorm which lasted for about an hour. They started the morning at the Shira Plateau in the zone of ‘weird plants’ native to the high mountain of Africa and finished the day at 13,000ft at the Baranco Hut after climbing to 14,500 for acclimatization.
Weather is clear and looks good for next few days. Tomorrow they plan traverse below the Southern Glaciers on their way to Karanga Valley camp at 13,500’.
No issues, all is well!
September 18, 2009
Earlier this week we released our 2010 Rainier climbing dates… We’ve had lots of calls already and look forward to many more!
Mt. Rainier is a very popular climb and our summer tends to fill up quickly… If you’re thinking about climbing in 2010 it’s best to plan ahead and get your name(s) on the roster sooner vs. later. Plus giving us some money should motivate you to start training!
All of our Rainier climbs are different but here’s a little about our our approach to Mt. Rainier:
Client to Guide Ratio: 2:1
Group size: 12 (8 clients and 4 guides)
Food: Breakfast and dinner provided! And we don’t mess around either – good food equals happy and energized climbers!
And for those of you looking towards climbs like Denali, Aconcagua, or Cho Oyu check out or Winter climbs on Rainier. These programs will focus on training and skill development for the serious climbers who are looking to tackle the big mountains! Winter summits are tough to come by but it the weather and snow conditions allow it we’ll take a shot at the top!
Some info from an earlier blog post:
This is good and very popular question!
We start guiding the “summer season” in late May and guide Rainier through the end of September. That said, the conditions on the mountain change throughout the season. Below is a quick look at how it shakes out… Remember there are pros and cons to climbing at any time of the year!
This is still early in the season. When the weather’s good, these are incredible months to climb Rainier. The mountain is typically at its pristine best, snow covered and beautiful. The route tends to be more direct and number of other climbers is lower than the peak months of July and August.
This is the peak Rainier climbing season. Though weather can prevent an ascent at any time of year, the odds of good weather are certainly the best during these months. Number of other climbers is at its peak. As the season progresses, the route tends to get a bit more circuitous.
After Labor Day, number of climbs on Rainier diminishes. That’s a big selling point for September climbs. Plus, potential climbers have had the summer season to get in the best shape of their lives. We often get periods of very nice weather in September. And, we normally don’t encounter any snow prior to Pebble Creek, at 7,200 ft., on the Muir approach. The snow is typically firmer on the upper mountain.
September 17, 2009
IMG Leader Greg Vernovage reports that the members and sherpas had a successful rotation to Camp 2. After spending another night at Camp 1 (6400m / 20992 ft), they ascended the ridge to the Ice Cliff, then continued on up through the seracs to Camp 2 (7100 m / 23290 ft) where they spent the night. Yesterday they descended back to ABC. The weather continues to hold and after a couple days of rest at ABC the summit bids will begin!
September 14, 2009
Over the weekend we received a report from IMG Cho Oyu Guide Greg Vernovage…
Greg report that IMG sherpas Tenji and Donuru, working with several other teams’ sherpas, have now fixed the ice cliff and on to Camp 2. The weather has been good and all IMG climbers are doing well at ABC after their C1 rotation. They’ll start their C2 acclimatization rotation in the next day or two.
Photo: The Ice Cliff is above the rock at bottom of photo. C2 is above next row of seracs, below big basin. Boot track visible in photo from C2 to C3 (which is on small rib below Yellow Band).