Cyclone Drives Everest Team Back to ABC

Cyclone Drives Everest Team Back to ABC
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Cyclone Amphan has lost strength and will not hit Everest directly as feared, but the snowfall it has caused has thwarted the Chinese team’s second attempt to reach the summit. The rope-fixing team, which had set off from Camp 2 early today, had to turn around at about 8,000m after an exhausting march in deep snow, while dodging falling rocks. They retreated to camp for a short rest and made a second attempt some hours later, but heavy snowfall and avalanche risk forced them back again. Spokesman Wang Yongfen said that the ropes laid to 8,600m 10 days ago could no longer be found because of the recent strong winds and snow. Wang also confirmed that the rope-fixing team would retreat to join the survey team at ABC at 6,500m. He said nothing about further plans for a third summit bid.... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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