Mt. Everest: The Team Sets a Date for Their Summit Bid

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall, Mark Tucker | May 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

We held a strategy session this morning and we set the date for a try on the summit.  Weather is expected to improve as the next week goes by, but that was little consolation for those who were at the South Col last night and trying for the top this morning.  Our sources tell us it was a no-go day due to high winds.

We are looking for a shot on the top somewhere in the May 22 to May 23 range, which will mean that we have one more day down in Basecamp to pack, sleep and eat.

Each day at the bottom of the mountain has started out with plenty of sun, so it seemed a little unfair that we sipped coffee in a damp, cold cloud this morning.  It burned off before long though and we were treated to warm and springlike conditions with ice melting everywhere.

Camp seems very quiet at the moment as many people are already up the mountain and getting in place for their attempts on the top.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Ciao papu. good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):) :) :) :) :)

Posted by: Elena Pellegrino on 5/17/2013 at 3:09 am

Good luck and I hope your window of opportunity opens for you all to have as close to perfect summit weather as can possibly be had. 

ABQ Uptown#985 NM/CO

Posted by: Rachael C. Lujan on 5/16/2013 at 1:32 pm

Hi Guys -

So I think I understand your strategy.  The ideal scenario is to try to get a forecast for 5+ days of “reasonable” weather to start the march to the top so you don’t get stuck at one of the higher camps for multiple days in bad weather.  Sounds similiar to the same approach that Tyler Jones used on the two times I was on Denali with him.  We waited at 14k camp for a 3 day window to open up so we could go to 17K camp, summit the next day and then get down to 11K camp on the third day.

-Larry Seaton

Posted by: Larry Seaton on 5/16/2013 at 10:21 am

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