Mt. Everest: Sherpa Make Good Progress Building Route Beyond Camp 3

Posted by: Dave Hahn, Seth Waterfall, Mark Tucker | April 29, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Everest
Elevation: 21,300'

Hello, Dave Hahn calling down from Advanced Basecamp in the fog, 21,300’.  Today was a beautiful day.  Significant to us, in that a combination team of climbers building the route on the Lhotse Face succeeded in getting as far as Camp 3 and perhaps even a little bit beyond that.  Fixing rope up the steep and icy Lhotse Face.  We didn’t want to get in the way of that today.  We actually hiked up to about 22,000’, towards the west shoulder. Certainly not all the way to the west shoulder, which is about 25,000’ in some very steep, hard ice in that direction.  But the part we could do today made for a nice hike and gave us a great view off the Western Cwm. Pretty amazing.  With the exception of the snow that fell last week, it just doesn’t appear to be any snow left over from the monsoon or the winter.  Just bare ice up in this upper valley, and these glaciers are continuing to take a beating.  On the good side, our Sherpa team, Tshering, Gyaljen, and Kaji, they successfully made a carry up here today, to ABC, carrying oxygen bottles for the summit bid.  And then the three of them and Lam Babu, went back down to Basecamp.  It’s just myself, Dan, Seth and Yubaraj up here at ABC.  All is well.  Bye now.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Panoramic View of Western Cwm. Photo: RMI Collection

RMI Guide Dave Hahn called in from Everest Advanced Basecamp.

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Beautiful pics and such interesting commentaries.  I am really enjoying the updates every day - it sure beats watching the evening news on the TV.  Wishing you guys continued good weather and safe climbing.

Posted by: Josephine Johnson on 4/29/2013 at 11:38 pm

All the best! What a privilege it must be to see such a beautiful range of mountains!

Posted by: michelle on 4/29/2013 at 4:44 pm

Regards from Costa Rica!!!! Dave, we met in Namche Bazar, I was trekking with my parents to base camp. Wish you and your team good luck!!!

Posted by: Silke on 4/29/2013 at 3:17 pm

Glad to hear you are trekking along successfully, even more so now given the news of recent events on Everest.  Keep up the good work.  Look forward to the updates. 
ABQ Uptown #985 NM/CO/AZ

Posted by: Rachael C. Lujan on 4/29/2013 at 10:50 am

Great update, glad things are progressing despite some of the other recent news.

Posted by: Isaac on 4/29/2013 at 10:36 am

Nice!  Great job everyone - truly enjoying the updates!  (However, it is a bit depressing as I read these from my office!)


Posted by: Randy Morrow on 4/29/2013 at 10:33 am

Great updates - I’m climbing vicariously with you guys every step of the way!

Posted by: Paul Emmert on 4/29/2013 at 8:27 am

This is absolutely magnificant. Keep climbing !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harry Ratliff

Posted by: Harry K Ratliff on 4/29/2013 at 8:08 am

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