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C3 on summit push
Here are photos of of C3 and to the South Col
C3 to South Col: climbing the Yellow Band, using the fixed ropes,
18-19 May - to C3 and at C3
We climbed to C3 and spent a day there acclimatizing. The reason for the day there was we had not slept there previously, and at 7150m, it was lower than our initial planning, at an altitude where it is easy and normal to sleep without additional oxygen, at least on other mountains.
Climbing up to C3 with the could drifting in and out - Jamie
James, David and Anselm snoring in C3 - Jamie
The climb from C3, 7150m, to South Col, 7900m, is significant, over some relatively steep terrain, but with dual sets of ropes fixed, and old ropes, making the climbing significantly easier. I was horrified by the long lines of climbers though, an indication that many more groups than initially said, were aiming for a 21 May summit.
Andy and Dave rest on the Geneva Spur. The ledge we are on is wider than it looks, and it looks
steeper than it is,
although you certainly don't want to slip - Jamie
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