Mt. Everest Expedition: First Summits

Posted by: Dave Hahn | May 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 17,575'

Another day of waiting and hiking for those of us at Mt. Everest Base Camp, but an important day none-the-less.  The “fixing team” made it to the summit today, taking advantage of stable weather in the morning.  We heard that things weren’t quite so stable in the afternoon, with wind and snow working over the upper mountain, but climbers pushed on to the mountaintop anyway and then descended safely.  The word was that several hundred climbers moved up the Lhotse Face today to be in position for summit bids tomorrow.  We wish them all fine conditions for those bids, but we are keeping focused on our own window, which the forecasts still predict to be a good one, several days out.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Be safe.  You are the best and most experieced guide in the world, so you really don’t need me to say “Be Safe” but we are all hearing about the conditions this year - so BE SAFE. Bill M.

Posted by: bill mcgahan on 5/19/2012 at 9:49 am

Hey Dave,

Mark Gray here.  You led a climb on Rainier about 6 years ago where you were called of for a rescue of some other RMI group.  It had snowed off and on through the night and we would probably would have not tried for the summit anyway.  Needless to say I was amazed to even have been able to climb to camp Muir with you and have followed your Everest attempts ever since.  Just wanted you to know you are in my prayers as you once again head for the the top of the world!

Posted by: Mark Gray on 5/19/2012 at 8:29 am

Remember, “we go upwards, only upwards, NO traversing!”
Seriously though, I’ve heard that conditions in the Ice Fall and upper mountain are much more hazardous and unpredictable ( rock fall) this season than ever before because of snow/ ice melt from global warming. Hopefully the team has an extra eye open for those hazards!

Posted by: Tony on 5/18/2012 at 8:58 pm

Best wishes to you all for a safe summit and return.

Posted by: D. Arnot on 5/18/2012 at 12:23 pm

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