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Bolts On Everest Photos

© Adrian Ballinger
Willie Benegas 1  © Adrian Ballinger
Last week we ran a news item from Kenton Cool detailing the recent placing of bolts at the Yellow Band on Everest.

"The Yellow Band is one of the most noticeable features on the South Side of Everest. It sweeps through Nuptse and Lhotse before cutting through Everest itself." explained Kenton.

We now have images of the bolting sent in by Mara Larson and taken by Adrian Ballinger.

The photos show Willie Benegas placing the new bolts that will anchor the fixed lines at the Yellow Band.

Kenton stated:

"The fixing of a number of bolts at this spot isn't "murdering the impossible" but a sensible act that will without a doubt save lives of Sherpas, Western climbers and guides alike."

  • You can read the initial report here: UKC News


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11 May, 2009
Not having done the route in question i don't feel qualified to comment.
11 May, 2009
I've heard the third is difficult to clip on the redpoint so maybe needs lowering about 50cm or else take a long quickdraw.
11 May, 2009
bring your cheat stick
11 May, 2009
"The fixing of a number of bolts at this spot isn't "murdering the impossible" but a sensible act that will without a doubt save lives of Sherpas, Western climbers and guides alike." I would be interested to know how many deaths there have been to date as a direct consequence of there not being a bolt. Sounds more like maximising punter throughput to me.
11 May, 2009
Of course it's not murdering the impossible. Merely dragging down the eminently possible to within the reach of more customers. It wouldn't be so bad if these bastards would be honest. jcm
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