IMG's 2021 Mt. Everest Expedition Coverage
Led by Eric Simonson, Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Jonathan Schrock, Phunuru Sherpa, Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Kevin Kayl, Andy Politz and Greg Vernovage
Team 2 at EBC and a Successful Dry Run for Team 1
April 19, 2021
Team 2 had a great day trekking back to EBC after a successful climb of Lobuche Peak over the weekend. The team will now have a couple days of rest before doing some ladder training and preparation to head up on their Dry Run. It is a great feeling to get the summit of Lobuche under their belt. The additional acclimatization and training on Lobuche will help the team when it comes time to head up the Khumbu Icefall on their first rotation.
Team 1 set the bar high for themselves during the morning of the Dry Run. The energy felt in the pre-dawn hours at EBC is amazing. Climbers put in months of training and hard work in preparation to climb Mount Everest, and it starts happening now! Expedition Leader Jonathan Schrock reported that all members were dialed and departed EBC five minutes before their scheduled departure time of 3am. Backpacks on and walking out of camp at 2:55am! The team had perfect weather and had a great morning climbing half way up the Icefall before returning to Base Camp. Great job everyone!
Ang Jangbu reported that Camp 2 is looking good with the main tents now up and more Sherpa carrying loads up nearly every day. We have 24 more Sherpa heading to Camp 2 tomorrow. We also received an update that came in from the fixing team up on the Lhotse Face. They now have the route fixed up to the Geneva Spur (well above Camp 3)! We will soon be sending several of our Sherpa up the Lhotse Face to evaluate the route and claim our Camp 3 campsite.
All is well on Mount Everest!
Lobuche Summits and Ladder Training at EBC
April 18, 2021
We received great news over night that Team 2 had a beautiful morning to summit Lobuche Peak. The team climbed well and had perfect weather for their climb. The team is now resting back at Lobuche Base Camp and will plan on heading back to EBC in the morning for some more well-deserved rest. We will pass along more photos when the team gets back to EBC!
Up at EBC, Expedition Leader Jonathan Schrock reports that Team 1 had a cool morning with great weather. Perfect time to do some additional fixed line work and ladder training in preparation for their "Dry Run" up the Khumbu Icefall. The Team has a 3am departure time from EBC for their "Dry Run." Perfect time to continue dialing our system and getting into the morning routine.
Our Team at Camp 2 also wanted to let us know that they are making excellent progress with building Camp 2. They have our cook tent and dining tent already set up and will be ready for the climbers when they get there.
All is well on Lobuche and Mount Everest!