Everest Summit Day! (Last Updated: May 19, 6:05AM PST)

 
 Crowds on Everest's Lhotse Face moving from Camp 3 to Camp 4.

Crowds on Everest's Lhotse Face moving from Camp 3 to Camp 4.

Everest Summit Day Updates:
We will be updating this blog post throughout the day as Colin climbs to the summit of Everest! Colin is 12 hours 45 minutes ahead of us, all times in this post are PST. Wishing him the best of luck!!!!!

Track Colin LIVE here
Read Adventure Consultants Updates here
Read Alan Arnette's Updates here

May 17, 11:30PM PST (12:15pm Everest)
We spoke to Colin on the phone and received confirmation of a safe and healthy arrival to Camp 4. Winds have eased and he is feeling great. He's settling in at Camp 4 (26,000ft) for some rest now. He will contact us again tomorrow morning with the final word on his summit date. Up to 200 climbers are in position to summit in the next few days so we're crossing our fingers for the winds and weather to stay in their favor. Onward!

May 18, 6AM (6:45pm Everest)
Colin called us at 5:20AM PST (6:05PM Everest) with word that he plans to attempt the summit today! He will be moving towards the summit with Passang Bhote. The plan is for them to leave Camp 4 at 9:15AM PST (~10PM) and begin making their way to the summit.  About half of the Adventure Consultants team is attempting the summit today as well, but many are staying at the South Col for another night.

 Colin at Camp 4! Ready to reach the Everest summit.

Colin at Camp 4! Ready to reach the Everest summit.

May 18, 9:30AM (10:45pm Everest)
Just got off the phone with Colin at Camp 4. He is taking off an hour later than the Adventure Consultants team, around 10:30AM PST (11:15PM Everest) for the summit. He just turned his tracker on, track live here. He sounds ready!

 Trip Time - 00:00:00

Trip Time - 00:00:00

May 18, 11:45AM (10:45pm Everest)
Colin is heading for the Everest summit – he’s already at 26,863ft! Track live here. If you’re tracking live or following along in your home, school, or workplace today – post a photo on Instragram or Twitter and #Beyond72 – we’d love to share the photos of our followers tracking Colin up Everest from across the world! You all are incredible, thank you! Go Colin, go!

May 18, 1:40PM (2:25am Everest)
Colin just touched 27,883ft on his way to the summit – wow! Last update on the tracker was 30 minutes ago, so we’ll be curious to see where he pings next. Yay Colin, keep it up! If you’re just tuning in or want to learn more about the Everest climb check out our post 7 Things to Know About Mt. Everest.

May 18, 2PM (2:45am Everest)
We just received this message from Adventure Consultants base camp manager: “It looks like such a perfect night (from here at Base Camp). I’m pretty excited for them and so happy to hear that everyone has reached The Balcony…pretty much halfway…”
“News in that all climbers have reached an area known as “The Balcony.” The Balcony is at 8400m (27,600 feet) and is considered the half-way point on summit day. My quick early morning maths gives them only 448m vertical to go to the summit. This is one of the few parts on the summit route that provides the climbers with a flat platform where they can stop for good rest, eat and drink. The route here crosses more onto the northern side of the ridge, into Tibet, where a slope of both rock slabs and snow takes them to the South Summit.” Read full Adventure Consultants dispatch here.

May 18, 3:15PM (2:25am Everest)
Colin just reached 28,148ft. If you’re tracking via GPS, you can click “road” view to see the Everest summit labeled. Check out this incredible visual – he’s nearing the South Summit of Everest (28,704 ft). Only a few hundred vertical feet to reach the Everest summit and the top of the world at 29,029ft! However, at this high of an elevation each step is more effortful than can even be imagined. Keep on going, Colin! 

 Go Colin Go! Thanks Caitlin Alcott, Colin's sister, for the incredible Google Earth pics!

Go Colin Go! Thanks Caitlin Alcott, Colin's sister, for the incredible Google Earth pics!

May 18, 4:50PM (5:40am Everest)
Sun is rising now on Everest!! Let there be light (& warmth) for Colin and other climbers! Colin is at 28,497ft, getting close to the South Summit. 

May 18, 6:15PM (7am Everest)
Colin is currently at 28,855ft – which puts him on the South Summit – just a couple hundred feet below the Everest summit! We just heard from base camp: Weather here is stunning. Much better than forecast, so really happy about that. So hard to tell how long the lines will slow people down for. I imagine them basking in the sun up there, enjoying the views.  Colin is approaching the infamous Hillary Step – typically a forty foot rock wall that this year, due to large amounts of snowfall, is more of a snow ramp. Often referred to as a “bottleneck” climbers often get stopped here waiting in a line to make there final push to the summit.

 Picture Credit: alanarnette.com

Picture Credit: alanarnette.com

 Colin still has his sense of humor at the top of the world.

Colin still has his sense of humor at the top of the world.

May 18, 7:00PM (7:45am Everest)
Colin made it to the summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world! He officially planted the flag tonight at 7:30pm! 8 down, 1 expedition to go! So close to breaking the Explorers Grand Slam world record! Congrats Colin!!! But remember, “Getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory” -Ed Viesturs. No official celebration until Colin is back at Camp 4!

 Official AC Dispatch!

Official AC Dispatch!

May 18, 9:30PM (9:45am Everest)
Colin’s make good progress descending the South Col route. He’s past the Balcony, 27,600ft, a common stopping ground for resting, eating and drinking. He’s on the move to lower ground. We’re eager to hear from him again, hopefully from Camp 4.

May 19, 12:00AM (12:45pm Everest)
After resting and hydrating at Camp 4, Colin is heading down lower now. The further he can get the thicker the air and the more oxygen to breathe! Colin is exhausted after success on the summit, but he sounds good. We’re standing by for the next check in, hopefully from Camp 2. He thought it might take him 3-4 hours to descend Camp 4 to 2, but he joked he wouldn’t be setting any speed records for the descent today. Safe descent, Colin!

May 19, 12:25AM (1:10pm Everest)
Forever grateful for AC support team on #Everest especially Anthea, Adventure Consultants base camp manager 2016, who updated me every step of the way as Colin descended from Camp 4. Most accidents happen on the descent as exhausted climbers try to reach thicker air and safety.

Colin departed South Col with Passang Bhote and other members of climbing team to descend Lhotse face.

May 19, 4:15AM (5pm Everest)
Colin just had a rest at Camp 3, sounds good. Plans to descend down to Camp 2. Thinking it will take 1.5 hours.

May 19, 5:25AM (6:10pm Everest)
Colin is ~1 hour outside of Camp 2, traveling well.

May 19, 6:05AM (6:50pm Everest)
Colin safely down to Camp 2. Just spoke to him. He is “trashed” and so eager to be back down at sea level! We are so proud of his effort to make it to the top of the world and back down to Camp 2 in one push. An incredible and exhausting day. Summit photo to come – satellite wifi router was not connecting at Camp 4 before he descended and wifi capabilities not be back until base camp. Thank you for trying, Colin! So dedicated to sharing this journey and supporting the The Alliance for a Healthier Generation with this mission so kids can lead their healthiest, happiest lives. Thank you all for joining this incredible journey with us!

This ends our recap of Colin’s summit day! Thank you all for joining us on this journey! Onwards to Denali to watch Colin set the world record for the Explorers Grand Slam!!

– Jenna & Marianna