Cory Richards/Esteban Mena Everest Status?

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BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Topic Author's Original Post - May 20, 2019 - 10:53am PT
Anybody have any updates on how Cory Richards and Esteban Mena are progressing on their new route on Everest? They should be getting very close to summitting.
beverages

Trad climber
Kamloops
May 20, 2019 - 05:18pm PT
Based on their instagram posts and Emily Harrington's instagram story, they only just started. I wouldn't expect any news for a couple days.
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
May 20, 2019 - 07:31pm PT
They're all waiting for a weather window. The jet stream is very erratic this year weaving back and forth. Very few summits so far this year.
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
May 23, 2019 - 09:53am PT

Here's the latest from Alan Arnette's blog.

New Route Update: First Attempt Over, Considering Another
Looks like Cory Richards and Topo Mena are struggling with the conditions. Cory posted:

@estebantopomena 1st attempt: @estebantopomena and I spent 40 hours on the wall with one open bivvy at 7300 m (around 24,000 ft). The conditions we encountered coupled with our chosen tactics compounded by exertion meant that we had to turn back at around 7,600 m. Downclimbing safely took another 7 hours from our high point. Back in ABC and reassessing our approach, we are looking into the early days of June for a potential second window and attempt. Is it a failure? In the most strict sense of the word, Absolutely. But is it a building block? For sure. Iíve always maintained that this is truly a journey vs. a summit sport. But to truly understand the whole process, you have to get to the summit. Fingers crossed that happens this season.

And Topoís perspective:

To retrace steps on such a big route is painful, not just physically but also on an emotional level knowing all that is behind each meter you climbed up. Yesterday @coryrichards and I decided to abandon our first real attempt of the dreamed #theLine; what happened? A tight weather window and marginal conditions that simply kicked our asses! Well, anyway we had a hell of a first go that took us up to 7600m and most importantly, we learned so much more about the nature of this beast we are dealing with. Needless to say that even tho this time things didnít happen as we wanted, its the mountains right? All we can do now is to be grateful ícause the mountain let us leave itís grounds, adjust what is in our hands to be adjusted and trust that all that is not in our control will play a more favorable role on the next go. Today is just recover our bodies and start planning the next moveÖ
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2019 - 11:39am PT
Thanks, Jan and best of luck to Cory and Esteban on their next attempt!
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