We just received this info from Garrett’s support team…
“The climbing team got extremely close to the summit and unfortunately had to head back due to a very dangerous rock face. They believed the rock shelf was prone to falling. They are now headed back down to Camp 1.”
We are happy they are safe and made this smart decision. We will post again tomorrow.
Glad everyone is safe!
So thankful all are safe and the decision was made to turn around. The pictures are spectacular. God Bless!
I guess you can consider all this the exploratory scouting and groundwork for a grudge match. Like Viesturs said, getting to the top is optional, getting back down is mandatory. Consider me continually in awe, Bill.
Edd is right, and Viesturs of course. Consider it the summit’s loss.
The mountain will be there next year, Bill.
I love you all. Get back safe.
A great call — very wise. Safe return.
Turning back– intuition plus experience prevails in making the astute decision. Safety blessings as the team returns to camp 1 and advanced base camp. We are awestruck!
The right choice! Come back safe!
Brilliant decision. Great sighs of relief; all around the world, I would guess. Bless you and safe trip home.
I know how frustrating that must be–so close! But you’re following our “prime directive” as mountaineers–stay alive to climb another time. Part of our sport is exercising sound judgment, even when the ego or our need to get to the top is telling us otherwise. You exercised very sound judgment–I’m so proud to have been associated with this expedition.
Sounds like an easy and smart decision to make, and I am glad you did!!
You made it UP the mountain, maybe not all the way to the top, but “up it” nonetheless!!
CHEERING YOU ON the whole way back down to Camp 1!
Other than not reaching the top, it sounds like you had a very well organized, safe climb. Congratulations for your remarkable efforts!
Happy to hear all are safe! What a wonderful experience. Burke-Khang will be there for the next adventure, waiting for you to rest at her summit!