May 4, 2021
IMG Expedition Leader Jonathan Schrock checked in this morning to let us know that our first group of climbers are ready to head up for their Camp 3 rotation. They have had a beneficial rest at Base Camp the last few days, and are feeling strong, in part due to the efforts of our Head Cook, Kazi Sherpa. Kazi has been busy working his magic, feeding the team and even baking a birthday cake for one of our climbers! The plan for tomorrow is breakfast at 1:30am and walking at 2am. With the weather trending in the right direction, we are excited to get back on the mountain.
Our Sherpa Team has also been working hard and have made carries to Camp 3, with two of them pushing up to the top of the Geneva Spur. They report the Lhotse Face was tough climbing with the recent snowfall that plastered the upper mountain. They had to kick steps and pull fixed ropes out of the snow to open the route back up, but with some nice weather in the forecast, there should soon be some better steps chopped into the face.