By Carrie Adams
BREAKING NEWS: Noel Hanna, one of Spartan Race’s Founding Few, will be attempting yet another summit bid for Everest with the expedition 7 Summits Club. The attempt is scheduled for the nights of May 20 – 21st.
The Chinese have promised to finalize the route and fix ropes up to the summit on May 20. May 18, the entire group of 19 people pulled out of ABC (Advanced Base Camp) to the North Col camp at 7000 meters. On May 19, it is planned that they reach the camp at 7500 meters. May 20 they will attempt an ascent to the assault camp at altitude of 8300 meters. May 21 they will attempt to climb the summit. Now all members of the expedition are preparing for exit.
Noel’s wife Lynn tells me, “Noel called me yesterday Irish time 3pm (10 pm for him ) and said his goodbyes. Well, we never say ‘goodbye,’ just ‘climb safe.’”
Noel won’t be taking a satellite phone to the summit because he is guiding at least two people. For communication they will have walkie talkies to stay in contact about weather and other critical factors.
According to Lynn, “If all goes to plan, he will begin at midnight Friday and arrive to the summit around 9 am 21st May.” She adds, “This is a lucky date as he has summated Everest twice before on 21st May and Denali also 21st May.”
Noel will not contact Lynn again until he is safe below the North Col at ABC (Advanced Base Camp.)
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We all wish Noel a safe and successful ascent and look forward to hearing his updates!