#NorthsideSummitPush: Summit day.
It's a strange feeling. The point you've been waiting weeks for is finally upon you. It's cold, and dark and the alarm is both welcome and the most terrible sound. Three hours of sleep isn't enough, but right now it's time to do what you came here to do: #climb.
#Summit day on Everest makes all the suffering worth it. After a couple packets of oatmeal and a cup of coffee, we make the move, unzipping the nylon barrier between us and the cold. Once we're out, it's go time. Bathroom first. If it happens, awesome. If not, pop two Imodium and call it good.
Harness on, ascender on, crampons on, oxygen on, pack on. The climb has started.
We move fast. We're breathing 4L a minute and there isn't time or desire for anything other than moving. The terrain is a steep mix of snow and rock until we pop onto the #NortheastRidge. This part of the route is magic.
We go from climbing an enormous face to standing on a knife edge between the North and the East faces. With thousands of feet of relief on either side, we walk the line separating two expansive Himalayan valleys. From this vantage we can see headlamps from climbers coming up from #Nepal, the #KangshungFace separating us and them.
The terrain is massively exposed, mitigated by good cramponing and fixed lines. It's exciting and engaging the entire way from camp to the top.
Pictured is Dorji Sonam Sherpa above about 11,000' of slope. We're over 28,000' here, and the summit is just a rock step and a few rock slabs and snow patches away.
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