Adventure Consultants for Everest Traverse|
Mar 6, 2005 18: 10 EST
Adventure Consultants, founded by the legendary climber and pioneering Everest guide Rob Hall, and now directed by Guy Cotter, is one of the world's leading Everest climbing outfits. Precisely in Rob's spirit, this year the guys are gearing up for something different: A traverse of Everest on both sides.
And the new Contact GEO too!
Guided by 4-time Everest summiteer Luis Benitez, Australian Piers Buck will attempt to scale Everest from the South side and come down the North side. In addition, the two climbers will pioneer the new Contact GEO positioning system on the mountain.
Kangshung to Rongbuk traverse
Piers is a 30-year-old climber based out of Melbourne. He began climbing 5 years ago, and has spent most of his vacation time climbing in New Zealand and the European Alps. In the Himalayas, Piers attempted the Kangshung to Rongbuk traverse via Lho La but had to turn back due to deep snow. He climbed Cho Oyu via the Northwest Face.
Descent on Terra Incognita
The difficulty presented by an Everest traverse is obvious: Climbers don't have the advantage of following a familiar route on their descent. “The summit is only half way there” goes the saying, and the climbers will have to negotiate new terrain when they are at their most tired. They also need special permits: Double visas and logistics prepared for both sides of the mountain.
Out of the box
One of the most experienced "cyber guides" on the mountain, Luis and Adventure Consultants were among the first to use the lightweight Contact technology when it was introduced a few years back. Once again, this expedition is sure to stand out in this upcoming Everest season.
Adventure Consultants, one of the world's leading outfits, employs 3 guides, taking on a maximum of only 9 clients.
Summitting Everest for his fourth time last spring, the Adventure Consultants climbing Guide Luis Benitez has been a busy guy. Since Everest last May, he's been to Elbrus (5642m) in the old USSR, Ama Dablam, Antarctica (Mt Vinson with Annabelle Bond) and Aconcagua. On each of his expeditions, Louis has been dispatching pics and reports over Contact 3.0.
Image over Contact 2.0 of two of the Adventure Consultants Everest guides last year, Anthony Baldry and Luis Benitez, working the tech in an Everest high camp just before the teams successful summit push.