Ladders to scale crevasses in the Khumbu icefall on the ascent to Mount Everest.
We manufactured one hundred of our aluminium single section ladders as bridges to cross crevasses in the Khumbu icefall on the ascent to Mount Everest. Ladders are used to cross the deep crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall. Because the Icefall is constantly moving, the ladders need to be constantly adjusted. The icefall is considered one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest’s summit. Our ladders are used by mountain climbers to cross crevasses to reach the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayan range. Interestingly, the mountain is named after Colonel George Everest from Crickhowell, not far from our factory in South Wales. Sherpas and mountain guides set the ladders up in the treacherous part of the climb. The icefall is the final part of the trail to and from Everest Base Camp and it is one of the key routes for climbing the South Col route that takes you to the summit of Mount Everest.
The Khumbu Icefall is where the glacier starts to melt and the entire glacier is unstable so tough and robust ladders are a must. The ladders were constructed from our heavy duty oval section aluminium stiles with round deeply serrated rungs in a mill finish – all finished off with PVC end caps.
These were showcased in the BBC documentary “Earth’s Natural Wonders”.