Portuguese climber Pedro Quiros says he stopped talking to God 20 or 30 years ago. But on Monday night, when Quiros was walking through hurricane-force winds toward the summit of Mount Everest, he resumed his idle talk with a higher power.
“I was asking God ‘Please stop the wind,'” Quiros said. the outside. “If he had been a little stronger, he would have taken us away, even though we were tied by the rope.”
While the winds did not subside, Quiros and his guide, mountaineer Minga Tende Sherpa, continued to walk through the night. The sky was lit up by the time the two of them reached the famous Hillary Step at 28,850 feet. There was Quiros looked down and saw one of the many corpses that had been found right below the summit. “It’s as if he’s alive, looking out at the landscape,” Quiros says.
At 9:39 a.m., after ten hours of climbing, the duo reached the summit, and Quiros became the first European climber for the 2022 season to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak. His ascent set off a flurry of successful climbs on the mountain, with dozens of teams taking advantage of a favorable weather window to push toward the summit. By Thursday evening, more than 150 people had reached the summit, according to multiple reports. A spokesperson for the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism said the outside The organization believes another 100 or so climbers will reach the summit on Friday.
The number is high, but nowhere near the record for most ascents in a single day on Mount Everest. On May 19, 2012, 234 climbers reached the summit, the record on the mountain.
A number of notable mountaineers took the lead on Thursday morning. Lhakpa Sherpa, the most successful climber on the mountain, completed her tenth trip to the summit at the age of 48.
Seven members of Team Full Circle Everest – the first expedition made up solely of black climbers – reached the summit, along with eight Sherpa guides. The seven successful climbers nearly doubled the total number of black climbers to reach the top of the peak.
Teenage Lucy Westlake, 18, of Naperville, Illinois, became the youngest American woman to reach the summit, when she topped the summit in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning. Westlake boarded as part of an expedition led by Xtreme Climbers Treks and Expeditions. Pemba Sherpa, the owner of the operation, praised Westlake’s ability.
“Lucy is one of the strongest people I have ever met,” said Bemba Sherpa. “I went up as fast as Sherpas climbed uphill. That’s why they got to the top so early at 5:36 in the morning. I was born for the mountains.”
The summit was also reached by Antonina Samoilova, the only Ukrainian on Mount Everest this year.
By Thursday evening, these climbers were descending the mountain into Camp 2. Most are expected to reach Everest Base Camp on Friday afternoon, after sailing the Khumbu Glacier for the last time. More climbers will soon follow in their footsteps as teams take the lead on Friday and Saturday and begin hiking.
The sources said that the appropriate weather is scheduled to continue for the next three or four days the outside Climbers may spread their summit thrusts to avoid crowding at the peak. However, as many climbers are pushed to the summit, there can be potential bottlenecks or slowdowns in the narrow parts of the mountain.
Quiros and Minga Tende Sherpas avoided the crowds by following a team of climbers who ascended early in the week to repair weather stations at the South Col on the mountain (26,000 feet) and Terrace (27,650) near the summit. Their presentation of the summit was exhausting, and Quiros told Explorersweb.com that he had been awake for 86 hours during the ordeal.
But arriving early gave Quiros and Mingma Tende Sherpas a rare opportunity to stand on the world’s tallest peak on their own – an experience well worth enduring high winds.
“Things have gone well beyond the limits of danger that were acceptable to me, but not beyond that period of time when I said ‘Okay, that’s the end,'” he says.