Edita just called from Camp 3, 10:00 (CET). She sounded great. They will leave for the summit at 10pm tonight. She said , 1t was a tough climb, the winds were calm and all looks good for the final summit push tonight! She will leave her phone at camp 3 and call when she gets back down. THIS IS IT! PLEASE SEND YOUR SUPPORT in whatever way you can!
Earlier today 0700, (CET). There has been no news from Edita or the Altitude Junkies since yesterday. They will likely take a cautious approach and wait for the windy to die down at camp 3 before going to camp 4 today (8300 meters or 27,230 feet). After a short rest, they will leave for the summit at 10 or 11 pm tonight. As in most years, the winds on the North side of the mountain have been and can be formidable.
The only news from the North side of the mountain is bad news. There is a confirmed report of the death of a Chinese climber who had successfully summited from the North side on Sunday night. He passed away on his way back down from altitude sickness at camp 4. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Tragic.
As I have written before, the altitude Junkies are in the good hands of Phil Crampton and there amazing Sherpas. We all can rest assure that Phil will put safety ahead of the summit. I will update you all the moment I get any news. Stay tuned and THANK YOU everyone for your positive thoughts and words.