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Summitting Everest

We have summitted Mt Everest on May 17th at 0621 hours Nepal time. A Summit Diary has now been published below. Also a new Photo Gallery has now been uploaded. Please check it out at Everest Summit Photos - 2010.

I hope you enjoy them!

Best Regards, Robert

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Diary of Everest Summit Push 13th to 17th May 2010

We were not sure May 13th was going to be the start of the Summit cycle. The weather forecast did not look very promising for the following 6 days that were required to climb from basecamp to summit and back. So we decided to treat this as a 3rd acclimatisation cycle. However, we were also reluctant to admit this to ourselves. All of us had been on this expedition for 45 days. Living at altitude is tiring and draining. We lost weight, appetite, got sick a few times in the process and slightly weaker. So doing a 3rd cycle and then a further summit cycle in the space of 2 weeks was not ideal.

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The Lady Is Not Ready

As I look out of our 6-man dining tent towards the Khumbu icefall and beyond, I feel a slight sense of relief that we stayed put at basecamp this morning, instead of leaving at 3 am towards Camp 2. The weather remains unsettled for a summit push. Once again we have white-out conditions at basecamp with sporadic snowfalls and very light easterly winds. Unsure about conditions higher up but I won’t hold my breath for blue skies unless I want to get hypoxic.

We trekked up from Pangboche back to EBC the day before yesterday because a very small and limited summit window of good weather was forecasted for the 6 May.

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Abode of the Gods

What a fantastic place this Everest Base Camp is! From the moment we set our sights on our home for the next 6 weeks or so after climbing KalaPatthar on April 14th, I have been staring in awe at the amphitheatre of peaks.  

To our east, the Khumbu icefall is sandwiched between Nuptse on the south and Everest West shoulder to the north. Changtse lies west of the north col of Everest, inside Tibet and Khumbutse towers over the entire valley and is the main source of the Khumbu glacier on which we are camped. Further west is Lingtren, with its fantastic 50 degrees snow and ice south west face. And right behind our tents is Pumori  - a conical shaped summit guarded majestically by layers of seracs.    Read more...
   

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