As you can see from this SPOT update, Scott is now on his way to Camp IV (South Col) at an elevation of 7,920 meters (26,000 ft). Scott is using his SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker to check in. You can follow his progress all the way to the summit by checking his personal tracking page . Select "terrain" to see how close he is getting to the summit of Mt. Everest.
Scott's description of how this day should unfold:
One last early morning departure, this time to set out for the South Col (or saddle, located between Everest and Lhotse; ~26,000’): the trip should take 4.5 to 6.5 hours. En route, the climb takes us past a limestone inclusion called the Yellow Band. New bolts have been installed this year, also allowing for the removal of several decades of old rope and pitons from this relatively short, steep section.
We’ll continue on a left, upward diagonal traverse to the base of the Geneva Spur: some steep rock with crampons make this briefly tricky as well. Once on top of the Geneva Spur, the going is fairly flat, all the way to the South Col, Camp IV. This rocky, windswept plateau is the final Waystation to the summit. Views from here include the route to the South Summit (the Triangular Face, the Balcony, the southeast ridge and the South Summit), Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and views down into Tibet…
We’ll rest here until 8 – 11 pm, napping, sipping soup, tea ad oxygen. Depending on crowds and our general well-being, we’ll select our departure time and commence the long road to the summit --- climbing through the night, aiming to arrive on top around sunrise.