Experience Everest Expedition 2001
Experience will again lead a group of climbers
into Tibet and attempt to reach the Summit of
drive to the BC at 5400m and from there we travel by
yaks 22 km to the ABC at 6400m. They put an
interim camp on the glacier about half way between BC
and ABC, so this trip takes two days.
ABC the route continues up the East Rongbuk glacier to
the neve of the glacier and then up easy snow slopes
to the North Col at 7000m where camp 1 is situated on
snow. There is a long reasonably angled snow slope to
7400m where they plan to put camp 2 on snow. The
route from C2 to C3 is up a series of rock and shingle
steps, again all very easy terrain to walk on.
3 will be at 7900m on rock. From C3 the route
traverses across a series of rock steps and then up
medium angled snow slopes and then again on mixed rock
and snow to the camp 4 at 8400m. This camp is
normally on rock, but some years there is snow cover
here. There will be a fixed rope from the neve to this
point. Although you may not need this to assist with
climbing it does, however provide a safety line which
is useful when you are tired and when the wind is
blowing. This route is traditionally very windy,
especially between C2 and C3.
summit day is from C4. The route is up mixed rock and
snow steps to the NE ridge. These steps are
quite steep in places and require considerable care
especially as you now have all of your bulky clothing
and oxygen equipment on.
NE ridge is quite wide with small steps and there is
little height gain until the First Step. The First
Step is a short rock buttress which will be fixed with
rope. Above here the climbing is more exposed
but again without much height gain until the Second
Step. The second step is across a series of
small ledges which are sometimes snow covered, then
around a large boulder and then up the ladder. They
will attempt to have all of this section fixed with
rope. Above this step there is again relatively gentle
mixed ground until what is called the Third Step.
Although not as serious as the previous steps, there
will again be an attempt to fix rope to the col before
the final summit snow slopes. These are quite steep
and also have fixed rope to the rock buttress from
where there is a short section of corniced ridge to
the summit. Of course this description can vary
according to the snow conditions that they will
experience this coming season.
BRICE will lead this expedition assisted by head guide
Chris Warner and others.
Expect more details soon with full dispatches from
Everest during the climb on EverestNews.com.
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