Craziness on Everest Southside Continues

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Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Topic Author's Original Post - May 10, 2014 - 01:41am PT
Two women, one American and one Chinese, are going to attempt Everest this season regardless. The American woman has had her gear flown into Camp 2 above the icefall and is climbing alone, and the Chinese woman has hired 7 Sherpas to climb through the icefall with her even though the ladders have been removed. Here's what Alan Arnette had to say:


"This is a season with no end from Nepal. As I reported yesterday, IMG noted the Icefall Doctors were removing the ladders from the Khumbu Icefall and, assumed, the season would finally come to an end. I noted there was one climber attempting Lhotse still there determined to climb with or without ladders.

Cleo Weidlich, made this comment on her Facebook page a few days ago:

This is just to let you know that my climb on the Everest Massif will continue with or without ladders. I have climbed some of the world’s most dangerous mountain WITHOUT them and this mountain is, actually, very tame when I compare it with the likes of Nanga Parbat, Annapurna 1 and Kangchenjunga. I refuse to give in to the pressures of the Everest mafia. I’d like to decide for myself when I have reached my limits. Thanks to ALL of you for all the positive energy; I can feel it..

And today it was reported Cleo did just that by taking a helicopter to Camp 2 in the Western Cwm. The report goes on to say:

American climber Cleonice P Weidlich, who reached Camp 2 from Gorak Shep on a chopper, has apparently done so without taking permission from the ministry of tourism and civil aviation. Ministry’s permission is mandatory to take a chopper to the restricted area above the Base Camp. International operators, including IMG, Himex, AAI, Adventure Consultants, Jagged Globe and Peak Freaks, chartered helicopters to carry Cleo’s climbing equipment and logistics up to Camp 2. Chief at the Lukla airport, Rimji Sherpa, and legal division chief at MoTCA, Ranjan Krishna Aryal, said they were not aware if any such flights were conducted. They said neither Lukla airport nor the ministry were asked for permission for such flights

My opinion is this is a misstatement regarding the commercial companies as the ones mentioned did receive permission to fly into the Western Cwm to remove gear at C1 and C2. I would be very surprised if they knowingly carried gear into the Cwm but nothing surprises any more on Everest.

The reported cost was US$2,000 per person per flight, so a person would spend $4K to get into and out of the Western Cwm. Also, it appears she is climbing alone without Sherpa support.

The second climber mentioned is Chinese Jing Wang trying to set a record for climbing the 7 Summits plus both poles. See these updates from Russell Brice on her project 7+2. She was with Himex on Everest and now appears to have reset her ambitions and will try to climb Everest through the Khumbu Icefall with a team of seven Sherpa:

“Chang, on the other hand, has hired seven local Sherpas and is headed for the Base Camp from Namche Bazaar,” sources told THT, adding that she will leave for Camp 1 in the next five days.

There is still time for these women to climb as the monsoons don’t usually arrive until late May to early June. However, recent reports on Cho Oyu show 100 mph winds on the summit and other reports have heavy snow in the Everest region.The usuall summit window on Everest is around May 21st.

Meanwhile, teams on the North side have mostly retreated to Chinese Base Camp or lower to rest up for an anticipated summit around May 20th.

I don’t know about you but I’m getting whiplash!

Climb On!

Alan

Memories are Everything"
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
May 10, 2014 - 01:43am PT
great time for Ueli to poach Everest without Sherpa interference

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 10, 2014 - 01:46am PT
Damn, helos are cheap in Nepal! Sweet!
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2014 - 02:01am PT
great time for Ueli to poach Everest without Sherpa interference

Personally I'm hoping for the women to pull it off.
WBraun

climber
May 10, 2014 - 02:04am PT
Damn.....

The women are hard core and determined.

All the men ran away?

Men are now pussies?

The one woman even gets a helicopter lol.

What a trip ......
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
May 10, 2014 - 10:52am PT
Cleonice P Weidlich said,

This is just to let you know that my climb on the Everest Massif will continue with or without ladders. I have climbed some of the world’s most dangerous mountain WITHOUT them

Ladders? We don't need no stinkin' ladders!

American climber Cleonice P Weidlich, who reached Camp 2 from Gorak Shep on a chopper ...


A helicopter beats a ladder every time.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 10, 2014 - 11:06am PT
A helicopter beats a ladder every time.


No sh#t. I thought I was the only one that noticed.

I don't need ladders!!! (beats chest)

Now where's my chopper?
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 10, 2014 - 11:09am PT
Doesn't seem like Wang Jing is getting much press.

Never heard of her.

But in general adventurers aren't overly admired here as far as I can tell.
The guy above

climber
Across the pond
May 10, 2014 - 11:10am PT

Her again? http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1516645/D#@&%ebaggery-on-Kangchenjunga
overwatch

climber
May 10, 2014 - 11:11am PT
Cornice Widelick, chopper climber.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
May 10, 2014 - 11:19am PT
The chopper woman's ascent is already invalidated by skipping the lower ascent. Is this the new approach strategy to avoid objective hazard?
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 10, 2014 - 11:23am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#357301
WBraun

climber
May 10, 2014 - 11:25am PT
The chopper woman's ascent is already invalidated

I've done El Cap many times to the top by getting into the chopper.

They're all valid chopper ascents ...... :-)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 10, 2014 - 11:26am PT
Heavens......a woman attempting Everest after the LADDERS have been removed! That's not crazieness....that's the way it should be.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 10, 2014 - 11:27am PT
With a chopper?





I think I like the Chinese gal better.
I think this is her Randisi?
Credit: survival
WBraun

climber
May 10, 2014 - 11:32am PT
Yeah with a chopper.

The aid ladders are gone so she used intelligence for the small time window available by getting an aid chopper ...

:-)
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 10, 2014 - 11:38am PT
aid chopper, lol
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 10, 2014 - 11:42am PT
Cross contiental connection.....no ladders on Everest, no cables on Half Dome, no bolt ladders on Cerro Torre. Special places....people should put in some honest effort to attain them.
steve shea

climber
May 10, 2014 - 11:50am PT
So chopper girl will wait for Khumbu girl's sherpas to fix Lhotse face or will she go for it sans lines? Is chopper girl solo? No one in support?
WBraun

climber
May 10, 2014 - 11:51am PT
According to time and circumstances people will do what they feel will work for them.

It's not necessarily always correct and the way everyone would like.

But still life goes on like this.

P.S. They wanted me to go to Everest back in the 80's for $500 a day.

I told them I'm a toothpick who'll turn into a popsicle the very first day.

Thus I saved them from any problem to begin with .....

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