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Everest 2010 - North Side (Tibet)

The North East ridge route begins from the north side of Everest in Tibet and is the more “technical” side of climbing Mt Everest and it was first climbed in 1960 by Chinese climbers. John climbed this side of Mt Everest during April/May 2010 as it avoided the more dangerous South side Khumbu icefall which has over the years been responsible for many fatalities.

It took John a full 10 weeks to acclimatise and to slowly make his was up the North side of Everest.

The expedition first treked up the East Rongbuk Glacier, set up Base Camp at 5,180 m on a gravel plain just below the glacier. To reach Camp II, John then ascended the medial moraine of the east Rongbuk Glacier up to the base of Changtse at around 6,100 m. Camp III (ABC - Advanced Base Camp) was situated below the North Col at 6,400 m. To reach Camp IV on the North Col, climbers ascended the glacier to the foot of the col where fixed ropes were used to reach the North Col at 7,010 m. From the North Col, climbers thened ascend the rocky north ridge to set up Camp V at 7,900 m. The route then crossed the North Face in a diagonal climb to the base of the Yellow Band reaching the site of Camp VI at 8,230 m. From Camp VI, John made his final summit push.

Summit day involved a 15 hour ordeal at 1/3 the oxygen levels found at sea level. Supplementary oxygen was used. Summit day commenced at 11:30pm at night and John summitted at 12pm the next day on May 25, 2010.

 

On the summit of Mt Everest at 12pm on May 25, 2010

The final snow slope towards the summit

Going up the famous Second Step at 8700 meters

John climbing up towards the North Cole (7000m)

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