Sunday, May 14, 2017

First Ascent Up Huntington Ridge + Mount Marathon in Alaska 3022 ft + Everest N Summit Push + Summits on Everest South

Climbers make a first ascent up dicey Mount Huntington ridge - from
Mount Marathon's iconic elevation of 3022 feet - uh, yeah, about that ....
Everest North side summit push without oxygen by Horia and Ralf Dimowitz - Pythom
First summit successes on Everest south side - by Stefan Nesler on his blog -- Climbers make first ascent up dicey Mount Huntington ridge - Mount Marathon in Alaska

Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and nature -- Everest North side without oxygen summit push by Horia and Ralf

Image may contain: mountain, sky, nature and outdoor -- Stefan Nestler -- Germany -- First summit success on Everest South side       Please log in 

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The summit push is now under way!
Torkjel is now in Camp 3 (C3) and confirms that his group is now under way on a push for the summit. They set out from Base Camp two days ago under the the false pretext of going to C3 for another rotation. They have tried to keep their plans secret in order to avoid other teams to copy their plans and crowd the route. From Torkjel's estimations there are about 4-5 teams in C3 now planning to go for the summit.
Yesterday (May 13) the team moved from Base Camp to Camp 2, and Torkjel sent the following message: "One of the hardest days of my life! The heat was really intense and I suffered through the day. Getting food, water and rest in C2 really helped and raised the spirits again!".
Today (May 14) he reach C3 at 7100m. It was again a really hot day. "We had to zip up the legs of our down suits and tie the upper part around our waists. Now getting rest in C3 before moving to C4 tomorrow is the number one priority".
They are planning to move to camp 4 tomorrow, and hopefully start the summit push tomorrow evening after resting in camp 4 for some hours. This depends on the weather and an update will follow tomorrow. They are now on oxygen at low flow rate in order to get accustomed to the mask and recover better during the night.
Picture is taken from Camp 2 and shows the the approximate route to up the Lhotse wall to camp 3 and further to camp 4.

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