Last week we looked at the north side of Everest for 2010, now lets have a quick look at the south for 2010 through the eyes of IMGs Eric Simonson.As many know, IMG is one of the largest operators on Everest and the other highest peaks replica Breitling watches around world. They were featured on the Discovery Channels Everest: Beyond the Limit in Season 3, which aired in late December.By my count we are approaching over 20 teams for spring so it will be quite crowded.Safety is always the primary concern of climbers and operators so I wanted to see if there are any plans to address the notorious bottleneck sections like the Yellow Band and the Hillary Step.
Also with so many large (and experienced) operators now focusing on the south side, would they begin to work more closely on route fixing similar to what had been done on the north side earlier last decade.Last year, we saw instability in the Icefall that produced not only drama for television but serious angst with the climbers and most replica Breitling Bentley watches importantly and tragically, took the life of Lhapka Nuru Sherpa.I think it is important to note that the Icefall has always been a dangerous section and avalanches happen almost every year. 2009 just saw some climbers in the wrong spot at the wrong time through no fault of their own.
I recently posted an interview with Walter Laserer who was struck by the 2009 avalanche.With climbers getting their minds wrapped around leaving for Nepal in a few weeks, I appreciate Eric taking some time to give us this update:Q: How is your 2010 Season looking thus far?We are looking good for 2010, the IMG Everest trip is replica Breitling Aerospace Advantage watches essentially full. I could put one more person on the Hybrid program, but that is about it. We have a couple people doing Lhotse too. Looking forward to another good season!Q: You now offer several types of climbs ranging from base camp services to limited guiding to full guiding. What is your thinking behind these offers?We learned a long time ago that not everyone wants the same thing.