Summit fever is in full effect again on Everest this year. With 480 ascents last year and well over 200 already this year, Everest is almost turning into your local Colorado 14er…but not quite.
The Super Sherpa expedition I had written about earlier seems to have been a success. There is no word on the speed record but Apa sherpa did summit which brings his total number of visits to the top of the world to a staggering 17!
Meanwhile, on another 8000m giant Dhaulagiri, the news is not nearly as good:
2007 is becoming increasingly tragic on Dhaulagiri. After Italian mountaineer Sergio Dalla Longa slipped to his death just a few meters from the summit, last weekend two Spanish mountaineers Ricardo Valencia and Santiago Sagaste died beneath an avalanche which burried Camp 2 on Saturday 12 May.