If it’s April, climbing teams from around the world are heading to base camp below the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. It’s like that every year.
This week, Red Fox co-founder Vlad Moroz left St. Petersburg for the journey to Tibet and base camp, as part of a Russian team that last year was at advanced base camp (6,400 meters) when a deadly earthquake struck that halted all attempts to summit. This year the team is trying again.
The expedition is organized by the 7 Summits Club (Russia) with the support of the Russian Mountaineering Federation. Red Fox is an equipment partner of the expedition. It’s a unique attempt as seven Russian women will take part in it.
“The route will be the same. There will be few acclimatization ascents with different camps, then we will descend back to the base camp on May 9-10,” Moroz explained before his departure this week.
“By tradition, on these dates there is a big party on the spacious glade of the base camp. After that all groups wait for a good weather. It can be in different time depending on moon phases and other factors. Usually the ascents are completed between May 10 and 20,” he said.
Team members will be shooting lots of video about the expedition for a documentary film.
The expedition is being led by Alexander Abramov, who will lead the climb up Everest for the 14th time. The team will ascend the classic route from the North (Tibetan) side.
The following world records are planned:
- Alexander Abramov – Ludmila Korobeshko: spouses climb Everest for the third time
- Lynne Hanna – Noel Hanna: spouses climb Everest from both sides
- Liana Chabdarova: the first Balkarian woman climbs Everest
- Tatyana Yalovchak: the first woman from Ukraine climbs Everest
- Roman Reutov: record panoramic shooting on Everest
Of the 26 total participants, 16 of them plan to summit.
Red Fox is no stranger to the world’s highest mountain, having sponsored various climbs.
In the climbing community, it is said that the mountain decides whether you get to climb it. That has been true in recent years.
In 2014, it was an avalanche. On April 18 that year, a 14 million ton block of ice swept down on the climbing route across Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas.
Then on April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. It ravaged the country, killing more than 8,000 people, including 24 who were on the mountain.
Besides avalanches and earthquakes, there is always the weather to contend with as well.
On May 10 and 11 of 1996, eight people were caught in a horrific blizzard and died on Mount Everest during attempts to ascend or, having summited, descend from the mountain.
Most climbers agree that it is weather that has the final word on whether one will make it to the top.
“I feel excitement and emotion,” Moroz said as he finished packing gear before his journey.
He said there are two factors critical to success.
“There are stages with ropes and belays on Everest, but there are no technically difficult rock stages. Endurance and correct acclimatization are the most important there. Those two things.”
Check on Vlad Moroz and the team’s progress with Red Fox on Red Fox North America Facebook page, Red Fox North America Twitter page, and RedFoxSay.com. We’ll be posting updates from base camp throughout the expedition.
Watch a 3D video of the North Ridge Route below: