With the wind still blowing somewhat, the Everest team was able to do some Lhotse face climbing as part of this second rotation. Garrett provides these details via sat phone:
Hello this is Garrett calling in for the Everest climbing team. Today is May 5th and we had a great day up here on Mount Everest. We got up early, left the camp at 3pm and climbed up partway up the Lhotse face towards Camp 3. Then we came back down to Camp 2 and had a nice lunch, dinner, and now we are tucked in. Looking forward to heading down tomorrow. We didn’t go all the way to Camp 3 because it was really windy and there was a little bit of rockfall on the Lhotse face so we safely decided to come back to Camp 2. All’s well here, everyone’s doing great, morale is high and we’re looking forward to heading down to base camp tomorrow.
(photo: Madison Mountaineering archives)