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Weekend Whipper: Falling in the Icefall

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A bit of an unorthodox whipper for you this week, but very much of the season, as Alex Txikon and team make their way to Everest for a no-O winter attempt.

Earlier in 2017, Welshman Allan Meek summited Everest—but not without a couple of hiccups along the way, as evidenced here. Meek, who was 56 years old when he summited, spent six weeks last spring on an expedition run by Ascent Himalayas, a Nepali guiding outfit.

Pasang and Noren, two of Meek’s Sherpa guides, managed to right Meek and the situation. Their quick and adept crevasse rescue work is great to watch.

A clip like this goes to show that even while Everest has acquired the reputation of a walk-up in certain circles of armchair mountaineers, it’s still just about as serious a place as you can find yourself, even in seemingly mundane situations like walking across a ladder.

Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!


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