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Air Force Mountain Rescue Team Everest Expedition
Mr. Ian Edward Atkins from England
members, 6 climbing Sherpas from Asian trekking
supporting the expedition.
Morning Deputy Team Leader
5/21/2001: Summit attempt by two of their members !
5/22/2001: Summits !
Carroll and Rusty Bale at 11:10hours Nepal time
5/23/2001: The second summit
pair from the RAF have turned back at Camp three as
one of them is having stomach problems. The others are
still on the hill looking to summit tomorrow and
Friday. I will let you know as soon as I hear
anything worthwhile. Thanks for your interest, Carol RAF
5/25/2001: Following the successful ascent on
22 May by Chief Technician Dan Carroll and Corporal
"Rusty" Bale, the expedition received a
congratulatory e-mail from the expedition Royal
Patron, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles.
Next to make an attempt were Flight
Lieutenant Jim Lennie and Sergeant Willie Macritchie.
Unfortunately, late last night we heard the news that
Jim and Willie were abandoning their Summit attempt at
camp 3 due to Jim feeling unwell with stomach
problems. Willie in fine R.A.F Mountain Rescue
tradition; is putting the safety of his partner above
his own Summit Goal and will accompany Jim back down
to the North Col today.
Thanks must go to them both for
another tremendous effort on behalf of the Team and
the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. More members of the
team are moving up to ABC while the weather holds.
We anticipate a further attempt tomorrow 24 May by Flt
Lt Ted Atkins (Exped Leader) and Wing Commander Brian
Kirkpatrick (Exped Dr).
The expedition remains optimistic that further
successful summit attempts are achievable.
wishes, Paul "Semi" Le Bon Public Relations
Hello EverestNews.com, The RAF Mountain Rescue Service
expedition has been plagued with erratic
communications problems with the UK. With luck,
this issue has been resolved and we are expecting
regular (hopefully daily) updates. The
expedition status is as follows:
1. All expedition members are safe and well.
2. Ned Kelly, Kenny Kenworthy and Pete Greening are at
Camp 1. Steve Price and Jim Groark attempted to
reach Camp 3 but were forced to turn back due to bad
weather. They are at ABC along with Ted Atkins
and Brian Kirkpatrick. All other expedition members
are at Base Camp.
3. Weather permitting; Ned, Kenny and Pete are
planning a summit attempt on Saturday 2nd June.
Followed by Ted and Brian who will make their attempt
on Sunday 3rd June.
Ted Atkins (expedition leader), Brain Kirkpatrick
(expedition doctor), and Jim Groak were planning to
start their summit bid at 1:00 am or so in Tibet from
Everest high camp. The weather is unstable. The RAF
team, or any others below, will not be able to see
them until first light with their telescopes, radio
communications are poor with few left on the mountain.
are experienced climbers, but only Ted has 8000 meter
experience before this expedition.
other group from the RAF turned back yesterday before
would be next to impossible with so few on the
mountain. Three men on Everest, almost alone, going
for the Summit !
They did go for it ! But, Ted Atkins (expedition leader), Brain Kirkpatrick
(expedition doctor), and Jim Groak could not find the
ropes above high camp last night. Therefore they have
delayed their summit attempt until tonight!
of this route is not roped. It is unclear if any experienced
Sherpa climber is with them. Asian Trekking, the
expedition company that supplies Sherpas climbers to
most expeditions on the North, is supporting this
expedition with 6 Sherpa climbers. However the RAF has
not mentioned them in the last few days. Dan
Carroll and Rusty Bale, from this expedition,
reached the Summit of Everest earlier in the
Update 6/3/2001: I
see from your site that you have the latest news [That
is our job !] ; thanks for your interest. Brian,
Ted and Jim are going again tonight, as they have
enough O2 at their high camp to make a second attempt.
You will probably hear before I do [We will try !],
but if not I will email you tomorrow. Fingers
the best Carol , RAF
the RAF all the best, a good bunch !]
RAF Summit attempt off. The climbers coming down due
to bad weather....