High winds have been hitting Everest up high the last two days, starting in
the afternoon... Yan Giezendanner, the French
forcaster, has predicted this wind, therefore the SummitClimb's last group was
expecting it. Others, apparently were using other forecasts or nothing at all
and got "hammered" at high camp. "Anyone that is telling you the wind
has not been blowing up high, is not there and they don't have a clue".
The good news is that Yan
Giezendanner is predicting that the winds are slowing. The window appears
to be open late, just like last year when climbers summited on the 31st of
Those climbers at 7600 meters should be able to move to 8300
(high camp) today and attempt the summit the next day or the following day, if
all holds to story.
One issue, is the climbers who are coming down "hammered"
are a pain for the others at 7600 meters to deal with. This takes a toll on
those climbers who are going up. We saw the same situation with the Adventure
Peaks expedition last week, when after helping several climbers, they decided
to abort, as they were burned out from helping others...
It would be interesting to know, if those who died on
Everest thought they were going to have good weather all day, when
clearly Yan Giezendanner's forecasts were
showing snow and storms in the afternoons... Of course, if slow on the Summit
bid, it is best to just turn around...
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