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 Mountain Professionals Everest Team: Everest Success Recap


(click on the picture to see the large picture)

The Mountain Professionals Everest Team enjoyed a lot of success in our first season as a company running a trip to the Big E!

Originally planning to go to the North Side, the team shifted plans at
the last minute along with several other expeditions, to climb the south side. The team was led by company co-owner Ryan Waters, who had two previous expeditions to the Tibet side, but this was his first time leading a  group on the Southeast Ridge route.

On May 20th the entire team set out for the summit at around 8:15 pm.  At approximately 11:30 pm, one member Alan turned at the Balcony with the his Sherpa Lama Babu. He made a great effort but was tired and feeling slow to continue above this point.

The rest of the team continued upward with Scott Kress, Angus Murray,  and Al Barrett all reaching the summit at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the 21st.  They were accompanied by Lama Tame, Oungchu, and Kala Sherpas. Ryan, who ran into a oxygen regulator problem mid way and found himself climbing without oxygen for a good part of the morning, turned back to camp 4 to support the  team as they returned from the summit.

With all the team members safely back in camp 4 or lower. Ryan decided to go back up that evening to complete his climb, he reached the summit at 8 a.m. on the morning of the 22nd and has now climbed both the Tibet and Nepal sides of the mountain.

We are proud of the success and the high summit success rate of our  team and congratulations to all and the other teams on the mountain this year.

Photo: Climbers ascending near the South Summit. Ryan Waters

Clarification on Ryan Waters descent: He returned from the summit on the 22nd in the late afternoon. Spent the night in Camp 4, and then  descended to Camp 2 on the 23rd. 

He had been climbing with his group on the 21st but turned around mid climb due to a regulator malfunction and was getting cold as he continued  without O2. He went up on that evening again with a new regulator after the  entire team was safely back in C4 or lower. He summited on the morning of the 22nd at 8 a.m.

After feeling a bit sick from extended time above C4 and going to the summit he called Phil to meet him at the base of the Lhotse Face with a bottle of O2 and some meds, and continued down to C2 with Phil and a member of his Sherpa cook staff who had brought tea. Ryan continued down to BC the following day.

 
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