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 May 6-10th,1999 Daily Reports

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NEWSFLASH: 5/10/99 Report 5:12 PM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: EverestNews.com takes a conservative approach on reporting missing climbers and deaths of climbers. The EverestNews.com approach is to wait and hopefully let the families be notified first.
  • Three Ukranians climbers reached the Summit of Everest on May 8th. Our present understanding is no other expeditions were with them, at least not up high, attempting the Summit. The weather was Ok but unstable as it has been this year on Everest. The Ukranians climbers reached the Summit in good time, being the first climbers up (which means breaking the snow and fixing rope in some places, that others will use later, making it easier for the next climbers). This expedition did not have the massive Sherpa support of most others teams. In fact to our knowledge they did not have any H.A. Sherpas climbers. These climbers  were climbing the mountain. They were working their way up. They were not guided nor supported by others. They were climbing the way everyone says they would like to climb Everest. On the way down after reaching the Summit a snow storm arose very fast out of nowhere (you might recall it from the South side reports). As we reported, it started snowing... Frankly, this storm could have occurred on any of the other Summit days so far this year...but it happened on their Summit day... Only two men were seen descending at all after that. One made his way back to camp, one was found at 8,300 meters, according to Finnish sources "he was not able to move or speak.". This is on May 9th. Reports state that the families has now been notified. Therefore, EverestNews.com reports to You what we have... It is unclear who found the climber at  8,000 meters and the state of the climber today. Several climbers have reportedly assisted in one form or another, but all that frankly is unconfirmed, and "reports" vary significantly... Presently, it is the morning of May 11th in Tibet. Our thoughts were to hold the story for one more day and see if the details became clearer and to give more time for the loved ones to be notified. However, the press around the world now has reported the story and the e-mail box is full... Our prayers go out the families... For those wanting to know all they can, You might check the last few days EverestNews.com Daily News reports for more details... Our prayers go out the families...
  • Some will speculate as to whether the Ukrainians climbers should have climbed that day. It is easy to be Monday morning quarterback on Everest. The rate of death on the first up on the North Side of Everest is high. With numerous deaths occurring on the expeditions in the past that has broken the path for others on the North Side. Some climbers feel they need to climb Everest. These climbers climbed Everest, but Everest does take a price, the price to be first up usually cost more. But then if no one went first, no one would make it would they. Let the others be thankful and respectful. For those that say it is easy to climb Everest, ask them if they were first up on the North Side, with or without Sherpa climbers support.

Daily News: 5/10/99 Report 9:19 AM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: EverestNews.com continues to confirm three Ukrainians climbers reached the Summit of Everest from the North Side. Other details will not be released until confirmed from reliable sources.
  • The Alan Hinkes Spring Makalu 99 page has been updated with his latest report.
  • Cho Oyu American Expedition Spring 99: EverestNews.com has received unconfirmed reports of Summits by some of the women on this interesting expedition. However, some of the "press reports" we have seen do not add up. Therefore, we are asking others what they know and waiting for confirmation... Here is one answer for those who are waiting for news, "The American Girls on Cho-Oyu:- Those returning from the area recently have informed us that the girls were soon to make their attempts to the summit of Cho-Oyu.  We have just now heard an unconfirmed report from the sources in the area that they have made it to the summit.  Please note that it is not yet a confirmed report.  We will advise you of the confirmation the moment we hear from the reliable sources. Best Regards, Ang Tshering Sherpa, Asian-Trekking
  • Update on North Side Everest:- (a) The Kangshung Face Indian Expedition reached at Camp II last week.   By now, we believe, they must be somewhere near the South Col. (b) International Everest 1st Group will be trying for the summit sometime this week. Thank you. Sincerely, Ang Tshering Sherpa Managing Director Asian-Trekking
  • Everest Spring 99 South Side Summary: OTT Everest Expeditions moving up with a May 12 planned Summit date. Mexican climbers moving up the mountain again... The Georgian Team and Ken Noguchi of Japan together with their  Sherpas started their climb towards the summit yesterday (9th May) from the Base Camp. High Adventure Everest 1999 Expedition: Mike Trueman is moving up also for a planned May 12 date. No news on our friend Enrique Guallart-Furio http://ww2.encis.es/avent/ . Also no news on HKE.
  • Manaslu Spring 99 News: Four members of Saskatchewan Himalayan Expedition to Manaslu are reported to have been successful in climbing 8,163 meter high Mt. Manaslu on 7th May 1999. The following are the summiters:  7th May 1130 hrs.:   Mr. Frederick Ziel (1953), Physician from South Pasadena, CA, USA. Mr. Jeffrey R. Alzner (1958), Farmer from Portland, OR, USA. Mr. Erik McKinley Eriksson (1955), from  Tujunga, CA, USA. 7th May 1500 hrs.: Mr. Martin Minarik (1967), Business Owner from Blatnicka, Czech Republic. The expedition led by Mr. Andrew McKinlay (1960), Computer Programmer from Saskatoon, Canada has been given permission to climb Manaslu from its north east face. The Summiters have returned to Camp II safely the same day. Compiled by HIMALAYA Center, Kathmandu, May 09, 1999
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Daily News: 5/9/99 Report 11:58 AM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: EverestNews.com has confirmed from two sources that three Ukrainians climbers reached the Summit of Everest yesterday. Details are few and unconfirmed in any detail. Look for more to come on Monday.
  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: Patagonia Mountain Agency Eric Brown Reporting: There's lots of snow here on the ground at ABC and even more at North Col, where Jacek and Ryszard are. They spent last night at North Col and they will be moving up to Camp II, at least that was the latest explanation before the snow started again this morning. Although the weather is not cooperating. The added snow has also increased avalanche danger, especially climbing up to North Col. Yesterday three Ukrainians summited in the snow and wind and had trouble getting back to Camp III. As always plans are changing, especially with the snow and I  will keep everyone up to date with daily or maybe two-a-day dispatches. Check their site for all the details  Patagonia Mountain Agency.
  • Everest: It is snowing !
  • Everest Spring 99 South Side:   High Adventure Everest 1999 Expedition: Mike Trueman has updated his site. . Looks as if he is planning to go with the OTT climbers... Check his site for details
  • Everest has not been easy on those who have reached the Summit this year and for some who has not. Many like to say how Everest can be climbed. Many are learning again, that you pay a price to climb Everest, if you can. Be careful.
  • Feature Books: EverestNews.com feature books: World Mountaineering: The World's Great Mountains by the World's Great Mountaineers -- Audrey Salkeld (Editor), Chris Bonington; Hardcover. This is a collector's dream. and The Climb Updated: The Climb; Tragic Ambitions on Everest   by Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston Dewalt  Several more new book titles have been added to the to the Bookstore Page in the last few weeks. EverestNews.com asks You to support EverestNews.com by supporting our sponsors in your purchases to help keep EverestNews.com free for all readers.

Daily News: 5/8/99 Report 10:48 AM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 South Side: The BBC has updated their web site with more detail about Graham's Summit and decent.  Check their site for the full report:  BBC with British climber Graham Ratcliffe reporting. The Staff at EverestNews.com would also like to say the BBC has been a real class act to work with. EverestNews.com is honored to be associated with the BBC and the people we have worked with at the BBC. We hope to do other projects with the BBC in the future. Thank You !
  • Everest Spring 99 North Side:  Patagonia Mountain Agency are moving up the North Side to attempt the Summit. Check their site for all the details  Patagonia Mountain Agency.
  • EverestNews.com will attempt to write a North Side summary in the next couple of days... The strong United Ukraine team (leader - Gorbenko Mstislav) has lead the way so far. Check their details on Risk.
  • Everest Spring 99 South Side: OTT Everest Expedition is confirming that 8-9 members of their team is looking at a May 12th summit date. No News on if American North Face team member Willie Benegas is part of that group on not. Look for other climbers and teams to go with them. Very strong climber Nick Kekus is expected to lead this group.
  • Jochen Hemmleb's Research Papers ! Jochen's papers along with many other stories are listed on our site index... You will also find Jochen's comments along with many other comments, some of which you might know, on the M&I pages of the discussion forum. We miss him too, but he got to live his dream ! We are very happy for him.
  • Insider News members look for an update tonight.
  • Our 1999 Everest Summit Page name list is complete to the best of our knowledge. Other details will be added as time permits. The Summit page will continue to be updated for many days...
  • EverestNews.com will interview Matt Dickinson author of the Other Side of Everest : Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm  on the 12th ! So submit your questions for Matt to everestnews2004@adelphia.net Matt  published the  "The Death Zone" in the UK after his 1996 summit of Everest. We have not read the Death Zone, but assume this is the updated version for the US market...
  • For previous Q&A's see the site index.

NEWSFLASH: 5/7/99 9:15AM EST US

  • Everest Spring 99 South Side: News from the BBC,

    GRAHAM IS BACK AT BASE CAMP SAFE AND WELL

    Graham Ratcliffe has arrived back at base camp safely after reaching the summit of Mount Everest, and has spoken for the first time about his record breaking climb.

    The 44-year-old mountaineer had a problem with his oxygen bottle on the summit and ran out - fortunately sherpas carrying spares managed to keep him going long enough for him to reach his emergency supplies.

    But after spending a week away from base camp Graham has returned with frostbite on his left foot and right hand and is being helicoptered out for treatment.

    Despite this he's well and absolutely delighted to be the first Briton to have conquered Everest from both north and south sides.

    Check their site for the full report:  BBC with British climber Graham Ratcliffe reporting

NEWSFLASH: 5/7/99 8:17AM EST US

  • Everest Spring 99 South Side: OTT Expeditions: Note is news from the Nepal government press release. We will not repeat the parts You know about...
  • OTT Everest Expedition of UK led by Mr. Jonathan Tinker (1959), Mountain guide from York, England established Camp IV on 3 May. But descended to the Base Camp due to high wind. 8 climbing members of the team are climbing to the South Col from today. They plan to summit on May 12. Leader, Jonathan Tinker is returning to Kathmandu today due to illness. Mr. Nick Kekus is presently leading the expedition.
  • Arbin Timilsina returned to Base Camp this afternoon.
  • Mr. Edmund Viesturs (1959), from Seattle (USA) and Mr. Veikka Juhani Gustafsson (1968), climber from Finland having successfully climbed 8163 meter high Mt. Manaslu on 21 April have also summitted 8167 meter high Mt. Dhaulagiri I on 4th May, 1999. They are members of 11-member Saxon Himalayan Expedition Manaslu 1999 led by Mr. Gotz Wiegand (1959), engineer by profession from Dresden (Germany) and 7-member Swiss Dhaulagiri Expedition led by Mr. Martin Fisher (1959), Mountain Guide from St. German (Switzerland). The expeditions have been given permission to climb Manaslu from North East Ridge and Dhaulagiri from North East Face.
  • The 18 member Wilderness Annapurna I Expedition 1999 of Spain led by Mr. Ferran Garcia Creix (1955), Photographer from Barcelona (Spain) left Kathmandu on 17th March 1999 for the expedition and reached Base Camp on 26th March. The team started to clean Base Camp from 27th March. They established Camp I (5200m) on 29th March and Camp II (6500m) on 8th April. The Team had collected rubbish up to 7200 meter altitude of Mt. Annapurna I which contain oxygen cylinder, tins, plastic materials, glass bottles, glass and iron pieces, tent bars, etc. worth about 1500kg which were brought to Base Camp and during the return the team disposed burn-able rubbish amounting about 300kg in Mristi Khola, one day walk down from Base Camp, and also cleaned from Base Camp to Lete trail. 1200kg rubbish was carried to Beni by nearly 650 porters and from Beni to Kathmandu by the truck. The team has a plan to carry the rubbish to Spain. The expedition has the objective of cleaning rather than climbing the summit of the peak. The team had permit for north face of Annapurna I.
  • Sources Government of Nepal Press release and HIMALAYA Center, Kathmandu. (Their words again...)

Daily News: 5/7/99 Report 7:23AM EST US

  • Everest Spring 99 SOUTH SIDE:  Babu Chiri Sherpa, the 8th. time veteran summiter of Mt. Everest, 8,848 m. has successfully completed his dream of sleeping on the Summit of Mt. Everest for 20 hours. He is reported to be good condition. He arrived Camp 4 this morning.

    Earlier Babu had successfully climbed Mt. Everest on 06th. May,  together with two of his trusted companions: Dawa Sherpa of his own Takshiundu Village and Nam Dorjee Sherpa of Basalindung, Sankhuwa Shava of the Eastern Nepal the 8th. time veteran summiter of Mt. Everest, 8,848 m. has successfully completed his dream of sleeping on the Summit of Mt. Everest for 20 hours. He is reported to be good condition. He arrived Camp 4 this morning.

    Earlier Babu had successfully climbed Mt. Everest on 06th. May,  together with two of his trusted companions: Dawa Sherpa of his own Takshiundu Village and Nam Dorjee Sherpa of Basalindung, Sankhuwa Shava of the Eastern Nepal the 8th. time veteran summiter of Mt. Everest, 8,848 m. has successfully completed his dream of sleeping on the Summit of Mt. Everest for 20 hours. He is reported to be good condition. He arrived Camp 4 this morning.

    Earlier Babu had successfully climbed Mt. Everest on 06th. May,  together with two of his trusted companions: Dawa Sherpa of his own Takshiundu Village and Nam Dorjee Sherpa of Basalindung, Sankhuwa Shava of the Eastern Nepal

    Babu had camped on the highest spot, 29,0028 ft. of the world (another milestone) with his specially designed Tent " The American Sky", made to beat any tough wind at the height of 8,848 m. altitude.

    According to another Babu Sherpa, Managing Director of Thamel based Nomad Expeditions, Mountain Hardware of USA had designed special Tent, Sleeping Bag and Mattress for Babu for this "Sleep on Mt. Everest Summit" Project. Mountain Hardware of USA had contributed more than US 7000 Dollar worth of Equipment to Babu FREE of Cost.

    Even though Babu has been diplomatic in expressing his motive behind this Big Life Risking "Sleep on Mt. Everest Summit" Project, observers here believe that Babu will use this Miracle Success for his own Business Benefit.

    This Climber turned Entrepreneur, Babu Chhiri Sherpa is the Executive Director of Nepal’s Thamel based Nomad Expeditions and holds majority of the shares of the Company.

    Himalaya Center of Nepal congratulates Babu Chhiri Sherpa on achieving his Life Time Dream,  by being the first ever man to Sleep overnight on the Top of Mt. Everest and Top of the World.

    Reported by bikrum pandey in Kathmandu and sangeeta at Himalaya Center, NEPAL  May 07, 1999

    Again this is word (and some opinion) out of Nepal, their words...)

  • HKE, is back at BC...
  • Everest Spring 99 SOUTH SIDE: Michael Strynoe -   This is what I have on Strynoe: He started his summit push at about 21.00 local time on May the 5th. We didn't hear from him during the next 15 hours or so and we really started to worry here! But suddenly he showed up as low as in camp II. He had turned around at about 8.400 m. because the wind was too strong and he wasn't fully restituted from the hard work of establishing camps. Michael went back to camp IV and then moved on directly to camp II - quite some achievement: He hadn't rested since his summit push started some 36 hours ago - and remember: No O's and above 7.400 m. Michael is disappointed of course, but is planning for another try. We'll have to wait and see when...  Jesper, For Scandinavian people check out http://sporten.tv2.dk/everest
  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: Summit Attempts any time if the weather will let them...
  • Feature Books: EverestNews.com feature books: World Mountaineering: The World's Great Mountains by the World's Great Mountaineers -- Audrey Salkeld (Editor), Chris Bonington; Hardcover. This is a collector's dream. and The Climb Updated: The Climb; Tragic Ambitions on Everest   by Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston Dewalt    Several more new book titles have been added to the to the Bookstore Page in the last few weeks. EverestNews.com asks You to support EverestNews.com by supporting our sponsors in your purchases to help keep EverestNews.com free for all readers.
  • Matt Dickinson author of the Other Side of Everest : Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm    List Price: $23.00 Our Price: $16.10 You Save: $6.90 (30%) Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours. Hardcover - 240 pages 1 Ed edition (May 1999) has agreed to an interview with EverestNews.com and has agreed to take Questions from You, our readers of EverestNews.com ! Submit questions to everestnews2004@adelphia.net For previous Q&A's see the site index.

Daily News: 5/6/99 Report 8:32AM EST US

  • Everest Spring 99 SOUTH SIDE:  Nepal's Under Age Boy Arbin Timilsina's summit bid to Mt. Everest failed after reaching the South Summit on May 05, 1999. Arbin had left for the summit at 2200 hrs Tuesday night, 4th. of May. He is reported to have reached the South Summit at 11.30 on 5th May, 99. After reaching the South Summit, Arbin retreated to South Col, arriving at the Col at 1600 hrs same day. Arbin is reported to be returning to Lower Camps today, thereby abandoning his Under Age Boy's bid for the highest Summit of the World: Mt. Everest 8,848 m. bikrum pandey @ HIMALAYA Center,  Kathmandu,  May 06, 1999
  • Communications: What EverestNews.com is being told is that the satellite used for sat phone calls this year on Everest is a different satellite than in the past. Frankly, we do not understand all of the details... But it is not working too well ! With communications at very low levels people worry... Let's keep our hope and prayers with these climbers during these difficult days...
  • OTT Expeditions: Sources, close to one of the climbers in what we believe will be the third group from the OTT Expeditions to attempt the summit, are reporting to EverestNews.com that :" they will be looking to summit between the 10th-14th.  They extended their potential summit days due to the weather." The first OTT group went to camp 4 and came back down due to the unstable conditions, the second group which we is expected to contain American Willie Benegas was expected to attempt the summit before the third group. Willie, we understand has been climbing while these delays are occurring ! No new update from him yet...
  • Georgian teams: "I do not have direct news from Beno, however I was in contact with Gia Tortladze (North side), and he told me that Beno's Georgian team has reached 8400m and had to return back due to the strong wind. He will be attempting soon."  Best regards, Ang Tshering Sherpa
  • "Georgians from North side have fixed their last camp and are due to attempt in next few days." Best regards, Ang Tshering Sherpa
  • We wish we had more news on the Georgian expeditions. The excellent web site Risk was hoping to receive some news also. However, little news has come out so far... Stayed tuned and we will keep asking.
  • Bernard Voyer has updated his site again with more information.
  • Elsa Carsolio is on the Asian-Trekking South Side 99 Expedition permit. But as we expected, she has been climbing with Henry Todd's expedition a good bit including Henry's friend Peta which is attempting Lhotse this year... Her excellent web site is http://elsacarsolio.sportsya.com. These experienced climbers like Elsa commonly climb independently.
  • Laurie Medina (US) was reported with the other Henry Todd (HG Expeditions) climbers at Camp 3 a few days ago. But we have no news on her since then...
  • Babu did continue up last night and reached the summit with along with two other Sherpa climbers from their expedition. Both other Sherpa climbers have descended. Babu is planning on staying at the summit for 20 hours ....
  • More Babu news from his friend bikrum pandey: "Here is the Everest Summit News for today. Babu Chhiri Sherpa, aged 33 from Taksindu has reached the Summit of Mt. Everest at 9am together with two other Sherpa companion. Babu sang National Anthem of Nepal at the summit and hoisted the National Flag of Nepal at the Summit. His singing of the National Anthem has been recorded by his International Everest Expedition at the base camp. His two Sherpa companion have left him there on top of Mt. Everest & returned to South Col. He intends to complete his dream of 20 hours on Mt. Everest Summit and that will  be realized tomorrow the 7th May 99 by 4 am. He has already set the world record by staying the longest time ever on Mt. Everest by any living human being." Himalaya Center Kathmandu Nepal   06 May 1999.
  • High Adventure Everest 1999 Expedition: Mike Trueman, has updated his site saying he is back at BC. Check his site for more details...
  • The summit total EverestNews.com has is now 23 so far.

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