Congratulations to our Everest team for reaching the top of the world! All of the team is now safely back at Camp 4 on the South Col. Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, provides the happy news:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Everest team. Today is May 23rd and today we summitted Mount Everest! [garbled] We left about 9:30 PM from our high camp here at the South Col near 26,000 ft. and climbed through the night up the Triangular face to The Balcony and then up the South East ridge over the rock bands to the South Summit and then crossed the summit ridge, up the Hillary Step and then the summit! We reached the summit just after 5:00 AM with the last of our members reaching the summit about 8:00 AM.
So, it was a nice day – a little windy and a little chilly up there – but everybody did really good. The most important thing is that everybody made it back down to high camp this afternoon. So, we are all back in high camp, safe and sound. We are looking forward to descending down to Camp 2 tomorrow night and then base camp the following day on May 25th. All’s well here at high camp! Thanks for checking in.