Our Everest team is safely down to Camp II and expedition leader Garrett Madison provides the recap of the descent from the South Col via sat phone:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Everest and Lhotse expedition. Today is May 24th. It’s 8:07 PM and we are all safely down in Camp II.
Today we woke up at Camp IV on the South Col about 6:00 AM, had breakfast, started packing, and made our way down from the South Col, over the Geneva Spur, down the Lhotse Face, over the Yellow Band, and onwards down over the [garbled] at Camp III, down the Western Cwm into Camp II. We’re all safely back in Camp II.
We’re tired – it was a big effort getting down today. But, everybody’s doing okay here in Camp II.
Our plan is to get up tomorrow at 4:00 AM and head out by 5:00 AM to make our way down through the Khumbu Icefall to base camp. So we’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re down to Camp II, we’re doing well, and we’re just so fortunate and so happy that we had a beautiful summit day yesterday on Everest. Nine clients, four guides, and over twenty sherpas were all able to make the summit on what was probably the nicest summit day I’ve ever had – beautiful conditions up there. And some of our climbers were also able to make Lhotse. So very fortunate that everyone had good climbing and is down safe.
One more day to go here through the Western Cwm and the Khumbu Icefall to be back at base camp. We are looking forward to making our way towards Kathmandu and back home.
All’s well here in Camp II and we’ll check in soon!
(photo: Madison Mountaineering archives)
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