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IMG Notes From the Top – Summits of Everest and Lhotse

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

IMG teams have successfully summited both Everest and Lhotse this Spring.  There was a lot of action on both mountains between May 19th & 20th – read below for notes from the top!

Notes from Everest from IMG Expedition Leader Eric Simonson –

IMG’s sherpa team, as always, has done another outstanding job this year. We are proud to recognize that IMG’s sherpas were the first people to summit both Everest and Lhotse this year while putting in the fixed ropes on the route and paving the way for everyone else. We can’t praise them enough!


View from the summit, climbers take the final few steps to the top of Mt. Everest, 29,035′.
(photo: Willie Benegas)

Everest summiters include three members of our awesome Singapore women’s team, Jane, Li Hui, and Esther. US Astronaut and medical scientist Scott Parazynski reached the top along with Dawes Eddy, a remarkable athlete from Spokane, Washington. We believe Dawes has just become the oldest American to ever reach the summit of Everest.

We are also happy to announce IMG summits on Lhotse as reported to the Nepal officials.

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Everest Update from IMG

Monday, April 27th, 2009

IMG Climbers to Camp 3

April 27, 2009 – from Eric Simonson, IMG Expedition Leader

Today was another good one for the IMG team. The weather cooperated and the wind died down, allowing five sherpas to carry to the Col. Four more went to C3, where they set up more tents. Climbing to Camp 3 today were Kamen, Petya, Karel, and Dawes, who are now all spending the night there with their personal sherpas. Hamill and his crew, along with John and Chris, took an acclimatization climb to the base of the Lhotse Face today. Vernovage and his Lhotse team ascended to C2, along with the Singapore team. Shea moved up to C1. Scott, Ed, and Rejean descended to BC.

IMG Team at Camp 3
Camp 3 at 23,500′ midway up the step Lhotse Face.  Climbers begine sleeping on oxygen here, and crampons must be used outside of tents to move around on the ice.

We had additional sherpas carries today to C1 and C2, and tomorrow we have a number of sherpas moving to C2 to start making carries to the Col. So, things are rolling and we are shooting to get C4 at the Col well established in the next few days, as weather allows. Jangbu has a meeting scheduled tomorrow with a number of the sirdars of the various teams to start making plans to fix above the Col.

You can follow the IMG team’s progress on their Everest 2009 Blog.

International Mountain Guides Daily Everest Updates Available

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

You can follow IMG’s journey on their website.  As always, AMK is proud to be working with IMG to keep their team safe on the expedition.  We are looking forward to watching them later this year on Discovery’s Everest: Beyond the Limit Show.  Here is an update from a couple of days ago —-

View of Mountain Range
The trek from Namche to Tengboche.

March 31, 2009

IMG expedition leader Eric Simonson called in to say that yesterday the team hiked from Namche to Tengboche Monastery at 12,700′, and then went a little further to spend the night in Pangboche.

Today the team will be moving up to Pheriche at around 14,000′ where they’ll spend the night and have a rest day, acclimating and doing some short hikes. In Pheriche they’ll also meet with the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) who have established a clinic in Pheriche and treat anyone who needs their help for a nominal fee. They meet with climbing and trekking expeditions to better prepare them for altitude issues and other potential mountaineering health issues.

IMG Group dinner
IMG Everest Team 2009 – Group Dinner / First Meeting in Kathmandu

All is well, and everybody is doing fine. Typical for the Khumbu Valley in the Spring, the weather is cold and clear in the mornings with some light (but melting away) snow in the afternoons.

Discovery Channel To Feature IMG’s Everest Team

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Discovery Channel To Feature IMG’s Everest Team

IMG Team at the Top of Mt. Everest

The Discovery Channel will be filming a new season of Everest: Beyond the Limit in the next few months, and this year AMK sponsored International Mountain Guides (IMG) will be featured as they attempt to bring 50 clients to the top of the world via the South Side of the mountain. IMG Himalayan Director Eric Simonson, and a film team will join the great group of climbers and trekkers already on board for IMG’s 2009 Everest expedition.

The planning and preparations are already well under way. Ang Jangbu reports from Kathmandu that the first 3000kg of gear was sent last week by helicopter to Shyangboche.  The loads are now moving by yak toward Base Camp, where our Sherpa team has already started building our camp.

Since 1991 IMG has successfully supported 179 people from 14 countries to the summit of Everest, and they are looking forward to another great season on the mountain.  AMK is proud to support IMG in their monumental effort this season.

You can follow their progress on the IMG Blog.