I’m sitting here now in a hotel in Bangkok reflecting on the enormity of the last two months is somewhat overwhelming. We summited just 5 days ago but already it seems somewhat far off. Our summit push was intense at times, yet spread over a week. During that time I shot so many photos and a ton of video, and am just now able to go through it all. Neal and I will be working on a documentary film project of the trip this summer, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime I relish the wonderful memory of the trip and already look forward to more adventures in the Himalaya. Congrats to our client Ephi on a solid effort and great summit. Way to go!
This is what out last week on Everest looked like:
May 15th- Climbed up through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp II
May 16th- Rest day at Camp II
May 17th- Climbed the lower Lhotse Face to Camp III- gorgeous sunset and night at CIII- first time on O2
May 18th- Climbed up the Lhotse face, through the Yellow Band and Geneva Spur to Camp IV at the South Col. Rested for 8 hours then attempted Everest Summit- turned around at 11:30 pm by snow and wind. Back to tents at South Col to rest for almost 24 hours more.
May 19th- Left tents at 10 pm for summit. Climbed well and fast, passing dozens of climbers between Col and South summit
May 20th- summited at 7:55 am with perfect weather and snow conditions. Back at South Col camp IV at 1 pm
May 21st- Descended to Camp II
May 22nd- Descend through the Khumbu Icefall for the last time to BC
With all that said here is a look at some of the highlights of the final push.
Enjoy and thanks for reading.
I wanted to extend a heartfelt congratulations to you, Neal, Ephie, etc on a fantastic trip and well-deserved summit! I followed your every blog post and absolutely love the pics and posts. Just a year ago today, my wife and I stood on top of Everest as well, and it truly is a remarkable feeling. We followed your exact summit schedule almost exactly complete with the aborted attempt at around 27,000′ the 1st night at Camp 4 due to high winds and blizzard-like conditions. To say that we were feeling defeated and like it wasn’t going to happen when we returned to the tents around midnight would be an understatement. But, that 2nd morning, the mountain granted us safe passage and we topped out around 6am, May 25, 2010.
Also, it was such the culture-shock to descend the mtn so fast and be back in the bustling, hot, humid city of Kathmandu as I am sure it was for you guys too.
All my best and congrats! Truly awesome pics…
Happy to join the Colorado Everest summit club Brandon. hopefully our paths will cross and we’ll get a day or two out on the hill one of these years,
The third picture in this set (Camp 2 at night looking up the Lhotse Face) is absolutely stunning. Any chance you’re selling that anywhere or I could get a copy? Thanks!