Everest Spring 2002 !

Alpine Ascents International Everest Spring 2002 Expedition
Mount Everest, rising 8,850m (29,035ft) above sea level reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. For decades summiting Everest has been considered one of the greatest mountaineering achievements. In the spring of each year, Alpine Ascents embraces this intense challenge by taking a group of climbers to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest via the South Col route. 

Guides include Willie Prittie, Mike Roberts, Luis Benitez, Jose Luis Peralvo and VERNON TEJAS. Climbers include Al Hanna (72), Jeff Mathy, Cleve Mc Donald, Joe Leroy, Karl Yoder, and Arnold Witzig. 

Update: Part of the Alpine Ascent expedition summited last night, names to be confirmed. Al Hanna did not summit again. He has now attempted the summit of Everest several times without success... Jeff Mathy did not attempt the Summit.

Update 5/26/2002: Nine members and eight High Altitude Sherpas of Alpine Ascents South Col Everest 2002 expedition team have succeeded to climb the summit of Mt. Everest (8,848m) on 25th May 2002 at (between 10:30 to 11:18 AM) It is also reported that they started for the summit at 9:00 pm of 24th May from South Col.  

Name of the Summiters 
S.N.
Name of Summitter
Date of Birth
Profession
Address
1
Mr. William Prittie
(47 Years)
Mountain Guide
Olympia, WA, USA
2
Mr. Vernon Edward Tejas
(49 Years)
Mountain Guide
Anchorage, AK, USA
3
Mr. Michael Robarts
(43 Years)
Mountain & Ski Guide
Pagosa Springs USA
4
Mr. Luis Benitez
(30 Years)
Mountain Guide
Greenbrin Blud, USA
5
Mr. Joseph Leroy
(52 Years)
Executive
Granite Bay Ca USA
6
Mr. Cleve McDonald
(52 Years)
Airline Pilot
USA
7
Mr. Arnold Witzig
(52 Years)
Architect
Vancouver BC, Canada, (Swiss National)
8
Mr. Karl Yoder
(35 Years)
Finance
Sacramento, CA USA
9
Mr. Jose Luis Peralvo Arcos
( Jose is the second Ecuadorian to summit Everest)
(36 Years)
Mountain Guide
George Washington Ecuador 
10
Mr. Lakpa Rita Sherpa
(36 Years)
HAS
Namche 7, Thame Solukhumbu, Nepal
11
Mr. Tsering Dorjee Sherpa
(31 Years)
HAS
Juving 1, Solukhumbu, Nepal
12
Mr. Pemba Rinjee Sherpa aka Pemba Renjee
(27 Years)
HAS
Kharikhola 1, Solukhumbu, Nepal
13
Mr. Kami Rita (Thapkee) Sherpa
(32 Years)
HAS
Namche 4, Solukhumbu, Nepal
14
Mr. Chewang Nima Sherpa
(34 Years)
HAS
Namche 7, Thame, Solukhumbu, Nepal
15
Mr. Mingma Tsheri Sherpa aka Mingma Tshering
(33 Years)
HAS
Namche 7, Thame Solukhumbu, Nepal
16
Mr. Ang Pasang Sherpa
(43 Years)
HAS
Namche 7, Thame, Solukhumbu, Nepal
17
Mr. Kami Rita Sherpa
(24 Years)
HAS
Namche 7, Thame, Solukhumbu, Nepal
The 11 members 2002 Alpine Ascents South Col Expedition was permitted to climb the Mt. Everest (8,848 m) from South East Ridge under the leadership of Mr. William D. Prittie during the Spring Season of 2002.  

Compiled by office of Bikrum Pandey for EverestNews.com

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