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Everest Updates 5/5/2017

Expe­di­tion mem­ber Christo­pher Hill shares the fol­low­ing update from Everest:

We’ve safe­ly returned from a suc­cess­ful sec­ond rota­tion. Our acclima­ti­za­tion is going extreme­ly well and we made the ini­tial push from Base Camp to Camp II in about eight and a half hours. The sec­ond half, which is a long slog across the val­ley, is chal­leng­ing despite the moti­va­tion of see­ing Lhotse face in the far dis­tance at the end of the val­ley (left pho­to). Once at Camp II, we pre­pared for our first climb up the Lhotse face to Camp III at 23,000 feet to fur­ther accli­ma­tize. The whole face is fair­ly impos­ing and con­nects Ever­est with Lhotse (top right). As we got clos­er we could see the ini­tial lip of the face that we would be climb­ing (low­er right photo).