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Everest icefall

Everest Updates 4/24/2017

All good news so far from the Ever­est team! On Fri­day the 21st, they suc­cess­ful­ly reached Camp II in only 4.5 hours with an ele­va­tion gain of 1425 feet. Our camp is toward the top at 21,300 feet/​6500meters, and look­ing toward the Lhotse Face.

Camp 2. Ossy Freire photo

The ice­fall is a longer path than in pre­vi­ous years, mak­ing a huge zigzag as it trav­els next to Nuptse then across toward the West Shoul­der. There are two three-lad­der sec­tions to gain ver­ti­cal ice towers.

A three-sec­tion lad­der in the ice­fall. Ossy Freire photo

Climb­ing in the ice­fall. Ossy Freire photo

The trail to Camp II is also indi­rect this year, with a lot of back and forth across four to six lad­ders, some of which are doubles.

Dou­ble lad­der across a crevasse. Ossy Freire photo

The team is now back at Base Camp to rest and recov­er for the next five or six days, before they go back for more!

More scenes from the first rota­tion between Base Camp and Camp II. Ossy Freire photos

Back in Base Camp. Ossy Freire photo