Everest Spring 2000 has Started:
Should we call it Canadian Day ! Canadian Day ! Canadian Day !
Last Spring EverestNews.com
covered Bernard Voyer as he became the
Second Quebecer to Summit Everest. Bernard Voyer
took the low profile approach to Everest and did it. This year two other expeditions from
Quebec will try to follow him.
Gabriel Filippi who has hired Babu Chhiri Sherpa to assist him will attempt Everest from the South
Side. Four French Canadian Climbers have formed an expedition who will attempt Everest
from the North.
News from the French Canadians: As reported on EverestNews.com
last week, they have left Canada and have arrived in Nepal (the first team to do so).
Juanito Oiarzabal, the only Spanish
climber who has climbed the fourteen 8000 meter peaks, seems to be
fine after being unable to complete the ascent to Aconcagua by the Polish glacier route
due to injury. Look for Juanito Oiarzabal to be on Everest with his very
experienced team, in search of Irvine and the camera.
Lhotse 2000 expedition: Expedition
"Lhotse 2000 Spring". A group of Bulgarian climbers
Doichin Vassilev, Gadi Romem and Zaprijan Horozov will attempt Lhotse this
Spring. They are regular members of the Bulgarian Alpine Club and have participated
in many Himalaya expeditions.
Recall that everestbu.htm is used
to post updates if the EverestNews server is down. We will soon add link on the K2 Page.
EverestNews.com will be working
with (http://www.everest.home.nl) Frits
Vrijlandt and Steven Le Poole, as they attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. When
they succeed, they will be the first Dutchmen to do so. Joke Groenendaal who will climb,
but does not plan to attempt the Summit, will keep you updated.
News: Camping in a cooling
cell. Personal report from Steven about the overnight staying in a cooling cell in
Amsterdam at -21 degrees Celsius. Click
here to read Steven's story.
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Out of the 6 Spanish Expeditions in
Spring 2000: 4 will attempt the North Side. At least two of these now plan to follow Mallory's path.
Q.) Let's suppose the camera is
found. Who does it belong to ?
A.) [Graham Hoyland] There
may be two cameras. One is the one given to Mallory by my great-uncle Somervell, and this
obviously belongs to his heirs David or Jim Somervell. I hope anyone who finds it will
respect this ownership. The second possibility is a small cine-camera (and Sandy loved
gadgets) that Sandy mentions in his diary. I believe this was lent by Captain Noel, in
which case Sandra Noel owns it.
Q.) Is the film copyrighted ??
A.) [Graham Hoyland] Copyright law
in notoriously complicated, and early twenties Tibetan copyright law particularly so. I
believe there are competing claims from at least four parties involved in the original
British Expedition. You can bet the lawyers would be crawling all over this one.
Q.) Can anyone else publish the
A.) [Graham Hoyland] Anyone
might publish, but I don't envy them the court cases.
Q.) If someone were wander off the
normal route to the summit of Everest this year and accidentally to find the camera this year how should it be preserved as to not ruin the film ??
A.) [Graham Hoyland] Kodak's
advice was to keep it freezing cold and dry in a sealed dark bag preserved from humidity.
And don't send it to BonusPrint, because if you do the picture will come back with one of
those stickers on it "Over Exposed/Poor Focus/Try Again"
Q.) Have you been contacted by
Irvine Family. Do you know their wishes?
A.) [Graham Hoyland] I've
been in touch with them from well before the expedition last year- you may remember that
it was Irvine we all expected to find. I've had another recent meeting with the
representatives, and I now have a letter from John Irvine detailing their wishes. These I
will communicate to the search parties at Base Camp.
Q.) Any More ?? [Graham Hoyland]
Yes, How to preserve any artifacts. Can I ask anybody out there for advice on how
to do this so that we can hand out details at BC?