South Side (Nepal): It looks like the
film team of
David Breashears, Ed Viesturs, Gustafsson, etc, and the
Greek team of Panagiotis Kotronardos
(leader), Pavlos Tsiantos, Michalis Styllas, Antonis Aantonopoulos, Giorgos
Voutyropoulos, and Spiros Soulis want to head up first on the Camp 3 on the 13th, Camp
4 on the 14th, and attempt the summit on the 15th. The film team would like other climbers NOT to be in
the film, therefore they have a reason to go ahead. The Greeks are telling
people the 16th are the date, but that they are going with the film team.
Mexican/Canadian team will probably be in the mix, too...
What should not be downplayed is
that on the
13th the lead Sherpa team
will move from C2 to the Col in preparation for fixing rope to the Balcony on
the 14th. This Sherpa team will be comprised of two Sherpas from each
IMG, Korean, and Himalayan Guides groups. Each of
these Sherpas climbers will probably not summit Everest this year unless in
another attempt. In addition to each of these teams,
IMG, Korean, and Himalayan
Guides, uses up 2 potential summit Sherpa, plus oxygen, plus South Col
supplies. So it's not just about laying out a bit of rope...
Several teams are in line for the second wave, including
Mountain Madness (17th
attempt announced) Koreans,
etc... Some will wait for the trail to be broken and the ropes to be fixed, if
The North Side (Tibet), is a less clear, with the Greeks again trying to
make the move, so they can meet the South Side climbers at the summit. But the
ropes from high camp to the ridge are not in, and very few if any high camps
are in (YIKES!); as the wind has been hammering the North side (Video).
No news of an agreement to fix the upper route...