But I was struck by Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki whom is climbing alone, without O’s on the north side, post showing his SPOT tracker. He is at Advanced Base Camp.
Click on this image, and look at the glaciers. You can easily see the Khumbu Glacier falling off the south side of Everest and the Rongbuk Glacier off the north side. Such a fine line that separates these two worlds:
Everest has cost Nobukazu Kuriki eight years and nine fingers, but the 34-year-old mountaineer from Hokkaido, Japan is at it again for his seventh attempt, climbing the taut line between tenacity and obsession.
For teams on the Nepal side, they are being told the ropes won’t be to the summit until 16/17 May. I can tell you from personal experience how tough this news is. For some, a general depression has set in on that side.
Japanese Nobukazu Kuriki now says he is not ending his attempt – looking at 30/31 May
For most climbers, scaling Mount Everest just once is the achievement of a lifetime. Anshu Jamsenpa, a 38-year-old mother of two from India, did it twice in less than a week.
She summited Everest twice in five days, making her the women's record holder for fastest double ascent of Earth's highest peak. She beat a record set by a Nepali woman, Chhurim Sherpa, who made two ascents in seven days in 2011.
Did Kilian Jornet set a speed record with his #Everest2017 run to the summit? Maybe yes, maybe no
I assume so ... he also climbed on the north so I assume both used the ladder at the 2nd Step .... but no ropes.
More climber's handbags. "Jornet and Ballinger are worlds apart", whines Ralf, but did Jornet tell the whole truth about his speed climb?