Mount Everest Cybercasts: May 2019

Everest 2019 – Camp 3

Hello Everyone, We had excellent weather and conditions for our climb up the Lhotse face today to Camp 3. We are now in camp getting ready to have dinner at around 23,300ft. Our team is doing great! We rested most of the afternoon and recovered by, eating drinking and sucking on bottled O2. The weather forecast is looking like we will need to summit on the 23rd, which may be the last best day of the season as far as the wind is concerned. So we will plan to leave camp 3 early tomorrow morning for our climb to the South Col, where we will rest for the afternoon before getting up early to head for the summit. We are getting excited about getting closer to standing on top of the World! Thanks for following along, Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest 2019 – Rest Days at Camp 2

Hello Everyone, Yesterday and today have been spent at Camp 2 resting and finalizing our summit window with the current forecasts. Right now we are still looking at the 23rd and 24th as our possible summit days. Many people are heading up the mountain now and we are hoping to be on the backend of the summit windows to have less crowds. The team is doing great and excited to begin the climb up to Camp 3 tomorrow morning! I’ll give an update tomorrow from Camp 3. Thanks for following along, Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest 2019 – Basecamp to Camp 2

Hello Everyone,

We left Basecamp at 1am headed for Camp 2 to begin our summit attempt in the coming days. It’s a long day going straight to Camp 2 from Basecamp but we made pretty good time and were able to get in front the the many teams coming up to Camp 2 as well. Tomorrow we will take a rest day here at Camp 2, get the latest weather forecast and make a decision on when to summit. Right now it’s looking like we will wait it out a little longer here and hope that the weather holds and that we can attempt to summit on the 24th. It’s seems as though a lot of teams will be headed towards the summit on the 22nd and 23rd so we are hoping the 24th will be a little less crowded. We are all heading off to bed now and looking forward to a long sleep!

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones
Expedition Leader

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Everest 2019 – Summit Team photo

Hello Everyone, Here is a photo of our entire team that will be heading to the summit. Lakpa Rita will be keeping tabs on us from Basecamp and will also be posting our progress through the night on summit night. I’ll be posting here each day as well! We are 11 original team members, 11 climbing Sherpas, and 3 guides. A big group, but with more resources we are a stronger and safer group! Wish us luck. Thanks for following along, Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest 2019 – Heading up for Summit Rotation!

Hello Everyone, The time has finally come for our team to start heading up the mountain again for our summit bid. We are tentatively looking at the 23rd for our summit attempt but that may change as we get another forecast or two in the coming days. Tonight though we will head up to Camp 2 early in the morning. Once at Camp 2 we will get another forecast, probably take a rest day and make a final decision before heading to Camp 3. The team is doing well, excited and a little anxious, but have shown incredibly patience through this long expedition. A lot goes in to analyzing the weather, and figuring out when other teams are heading for the summit before making a final decision on when to go. Right now the 23rd might be a busier day than I might like but given the forecasts it looks like the right time to get into position. Once at Camp 2 we can stall if the weather looks better a little later or we can move forward and summit as early as the 22nd if needed. I will keep you posted as we move up the mountain but right now we will for sure move up tonight to Camp 2. Thanks for following along on this journey! Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest 2019 – Back to Basecamp from Rest at Namche

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday we flew back to Basecamp from Namche after a few days rest. We are now ready for our summit attempt. Also yesterday the strong team of summit-fixing Sherpa made it to the summit!! We are thankful that the lines have been safely fixed by this strong team and now we are just waiting on a good weather window with less people, which means hopefully soon we will be heading up….

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones
Expedition Leader

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Everest 2019 – Camp 3, Basecamp, and Namche

Hello Everyone, I apologize for a late update, I thought this had gone through! After our rest day at Camp 2, we woke up early for a climb to touch Camp 3 at 23,300ft. It was a beautiful morning with the occasional gust of wind that kept us comfortable in our down suits. There were very few people on the face as we started climbing towards Camp 3. The Lhotse face is dry this year with mostly blue ice but as many people have been up the face before is there are good footholds in the ice. The team did great heading up the face towards Camp 3. It’s a difficult climb up the Lhotse face. It’s steep and difficult to get enough oxygen as you climb to 23,300ft, but everyone pushed themselves and made it to Camp 3 in good time. The next day we woke up early again, and made it down to Basecamp before breakfast so we could catch a Helicopter ride down to Namche for some rest and recovery before heading up on our summit rotation. Most everyone slept about 12 hours last night in Namche at our new elevation of 11,300ft and looking forward to a relaxing day today. We plan on spending two more nights here before heading back to Basecamp and hopefully heading for the summit sometime in the next week or so….. Thanks for following along, Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest 2019 – Rest Day at Camp 2

Hello Everyone,

Today we had a pleasant rest day at Camp 2. After breakfast we relaxed and played cards, some members took naps and then after lunch we did a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s climb up the Lhotse face to Camp 3. If the conditions are good we will touch Camp 3 at about 23,500ft and then return to Camp 2. The winds seem to have calmed here at Camp 2 but we can still hear the jet stream high above.

After lunch we were called to help on a rescue at the base of the Lhotse face where a Sherpa from another team had fallen. Many teams were on the scene to help and as we loaded him into the Helicopter that thankfully arrived at the scene he was in stable condition. We hope to hear good news of his condition soon! When accidents do happen here it is great to have the amount of resources and people that are here on the South side to pitch in and help!

Thanks for following along, our team is doing great, and looking forward to climbing up to Camp 3 tomorrow.

Ben Jones
Expedition Leader

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Everest 2019 – Team is Strong to Camp 2

Hello Everyone, Today we left Camp 1 at 8am for a 4 hour hike and climb to Camp 2. We had pretty gusty winds at Camp 1 last night but they were welcome respite from the heat as we hiked through the Western Cwm to Camp 2. Our team has progressed nicely with acclimatization and efficiency through the Icefall and to Camp 2 where we have cut off time without going at a faster pace. Really happy with the strength and patience of this team! Tomorrow we will rest and then the following day we will head up the Lhotse to touch Camp 3 before descending back to Camp 2, and then Basecamp the following day. Thanks for following along! Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest 2019 – Second Rotation Begins

Hello Everyone, We left early this morning, at 1:30am, to head up to Camp 1 to begin our second of three rotations up the mountain. The team was more comfortable and more efficient this second time around heading to Camp 1. We knew it would be busy after the weather we got from Cyclone Fani as a lot of teams stayed comfortably at Basecamp rather than climb into the storm as we did, but we still moved efficiently and made good time to Camp 1. We are just getting tucked into our tents now and heading to sleep. Tomorrow morning we will head up to Camp 2 for 3 nights before heading back to Basecamp. Thanks for following along! Ben Jones Expedition Leader More info about Climbing Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek.

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