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 Daily News: 4/1/2000 Report

For Latest News. For earlier reports: See the News Index for a list of all the Daily Reports. See the Home Page for Individual Stories.  Receiving Reports from Over 25 Teams on Everest this Spring 2000.

  • Danish Expedition: Thrane & Thrane

In the Spring of year 2000 the satellite communication company, Thrane & Thrane, is sponsoring the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition. The expedition named ‘BigE – Thrane & Thrane Danish Everest Expedition 2000’ - will leave for the Himalayas on March 27th and attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest in May. All eight members of the BigE-expedition are among the most experienced Danish climbers with significant mountaineering experience. Leader of the expedition and team doctor is Henrik Jessen Hansen. Henrik Jessen Hansen has been on five earlier expeditions to the Himalayas, including one to Mount Everest in 1996. This year was a disastrous year at Mount Everest with numerous casualties. As a result, Henrik Jessen Hansen had to give up his personal attempt to reach the summit. Instead Henrik Jessen Hansen established the world highest located emergency hospital, where he performed important and needed rescue help.

Thrane & Thrane has previously sponsored other mountaineering expeditions, including expeditions to Mt. Everest in 1996 and Gasherbrum I in Pakistan in 1998. However, the sponsorship of the BigE-expedition is by far the company’s biggest sponsorship investment. The main objective of the BigE-sponsorship is to present Thrane & Thrane as a leading-edge satellite communications company and to demonstrate Thrane & Thrane product superiority and reliability under extreme conditions. In particular in regard to Thrane & Thrane’s most recent product innovation within satellite communication, the Capsat Messenger (the M4 terminal). The BigE-expedition will bring along the Capsat Messenger as its primary communication unit and Thrane & Thrane is confident that the Capsat Messenger will perform trouble-free.

On the BigE-expedition Thrane & Thrane is represented by director Lars Thrane and electronic engineer, Jan Mathorne. Their participation in the expedition gives Thrane & Thrane a first-hand experience of the Capsat Messenger’s quality and reliability. In addition, it demonstrates Thrane & Thrane’s unique company spirit. Thrane & Thrane attracts some of the best electronic engineers and creative minds in the business and the people who work at Thrane & Thrane strive to push back the limits and reach new heights.

Status: They have left Denmark and arrived in Kathmandu. This will be one of two expedition attempting the South Pillar route. The other is a Spanish expedition (TARRAGONA AL EVEREST) members Joanto Bellν, Josep Marνa Maixι, Jaume Garroxet, Xavi Lσpez, Xavi Aymar, Jacob Salvadσ, Joan Borreguero.

The BigE-expedition and its progress can be followed at Thrane & Thrane’s website: http://www.tt.dk/everest/intro.html EverestNews.com friend Bo Belvedere Christensen will also be part of this expedition. Bo has been part of many expeditions to 8000 meter peaks including the Everest 1996 Expedition. This expedition is planning a South Pillar Route see: http://www.tt.dk/everest/hq_rute.html

  • The Germans and the Austrians: Chomolungma by fair means without oxygen.

In the German/Austrian tradition these climbers will attempt Everest from the North without oxygen and by fair means. The climbers are Bastel Haller, Gustav Weinberger, Dr, Jurgen Zapf, Barbara Hirschbichler, Rudi Roozen, Georg Simair, and Mag. Thomas Lammie. Bastel has arranged communications to send some limited reports from Everest to EverestNews.com.

Dispatch One 3/30/2000: Bastel Haller and the expedition left for the Everest on the 29th of March. They arrived in Kathmandu safely on 30th. They stayed there today to arrange their trip and are flying to Lukla tomorrow, where they start 2 weeks of trekking including the summit of Island Peak to adjust to the altitude and relax from the quite busy times they had arranging everything. On the 16th of April they will get back to Kathmandu and after a break they will head to Everest Base Camp on the North.

  • Annapurna Spring 2000:

EverestNews.com will follow the attempt on Annapurna of the "International Annapurna 2000 Expedition": Their web site:  www.interofer.es/annapurna2000 with reports in Spanish, Pictures and more !

Dispatch 3/31/2000: The expedition of Port of Barcelona, completed a new stage.

Weather: sun and heat (35 Cs)

Location of Expedition: In Kopchepani, a village located on the Annapurna circuit

Next objective: Lete, last village on the trek to Annapurna

Today the day has begun, in Tiplyang.  We have followed the valley of the Miristicola river during an exhausting day of 10 hours. In the beginning of the day, we went with the connection official Mr. Bed Bahadur Karki with whom we will continue until we finish the expedition. Our objective today was Kopchepani. During the route we had the privilege to see Monte Ningiri and the imposing barrier of South Annapurna of almost 8000 meters. Taking advantage of the good temperature that the day offered us, while passing by Tatopani, we bathed in the thermal waters. It allowed time to relax for the members of the expedition, knowing the hardness of the days that still are to come.  From Kopchepani, Nepal, Namaste, Joaquim M. (Jake) i Gil

In other Annapurna News:

The Inurrategi Brothers (Alberto & Felix) will be on Annapurna this Spring with many other climbers expected, timed for the 50th anniversary of the first summit. The Inurrategi Brothers now plan to  Summit Manaslu, then Annapurna, and G1 & G2 this year completing the 14 8000 meter peaks. None of their Summits are disputed. In the next few days, EverestNews.com will post all climbers who have completed 10 or more Summits of the 14 8000 meter peaks.

EverestNews.com has added a Spring 2000 Annapurna Page where EverestNews.com will report News on this expedition and other Annapurna News.

  • Everest North Side: Hard Going !

The French Canadians are reporting hard going on the way the Everest base camp in Tibet.

Rough Translation: In their words...

During the last few days the road was easier.  The road is more passable. We rolled on all the same at roughly 25km/h. The landscape is very beautiful, very impressive. We feel as if we have moved back to another world, another time. Our Chinese guides take time to recite a prayer dedicated to the mountains - Kiki Soso Gyalo. translation: Long life and happiness, the gods are victorious. We had another palpitating experience! The Jeep had a puncture. The spare tire was already perforated! We caught up with the other Jeep and recovered its spare tire. Today, we have one day of leave in the monastic city of Gertse. I trotted myself on a small node of 4100 meters ; Bernard has prepared the selection of photographs which will be sent in Montreal as soon as soon as we are in Lhasa; Claude-Andre and Andre took time to write and Isabelle rested. On the way towards Lhasa, we will see the monastery of Samding, the first monastery of Tibet.

Check them out at http://www.everestmillenium.qc.ca/jdb.asp for reports in French, video and more.

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith moving up !

Current Status:  The Everest 2000 team arrives at Basecamp tomorrow, April 1. Byron, Brad, Tim and the others are spending their last night in Lobuche. This village is at an altitude of nearly 5000 meters.

Once at Basecamp the team will establish their home base for the next month, but they can't move on to higher camps until April 10. That has been set as the auspicious day to move through the ice fall. The highly religious Sherpas would not go through the ice fall until after the Puja ceremony has been performed.

The team has sent some new video -- exclusively for the website and the education program. In this clip from Kathmandu and Phakding the team doctor takes Brad and Byron through a two minute step test to measure how heart and respiratory rates are affected by the change in altitude. Find the clip on the video archive page: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/dailydispatch/videoarchive.html Find the results of the test on the fitness data page: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/overview/fitnessdata.html

Check Byron's Expedition out today: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/

  • Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:

Current Status: On the way to Everest Base Camp. These 4 Canadians are on the same permit with American Christine Boskoff, Ray Yeritsian, Nazir Sabir and an Austria climber.

These climbers, EverestNews.com is told, will climb separately. the 4 Canadians, Ray Yeritsian & Nazir Sabir, and Boskoff and an Austria climber.

Yes, the Austria climber is Peter Habeler. As EverestNews.com reported months ago, he plans to climb Everest again without oxygen from the South Side. He is now making his way to Base camp.

You can get full details on the Canadians at the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000's official website -- http://www.canoe.ca/Everest/home.html

  • Recent News

EverestNews.com has learned a 14 year boy plans to attempt the Summit of Everest in Spring 2000

Juan Oiarzabal, "To the Edge of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE in Spanish: Expedition to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine of Everest. This expedition is already underway.

Summary of Canadian Expeditions on Everest in Spring 2000

Graham Hoyland's Lecture "Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory" in the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.

Alan Hinkes Q&A

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Adventure Consultants for Everest Spring 2000

Close Does Not Count for Records


EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe for Everest Spring 2000

Spanish Climber to attempt the Messner route on Everest

Change of Guard at the Khumbu Ice Fall

Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 insearch of the camera and Irvine.

Climbers headed to Everest Base Camp

Jochen Hemmleb Q&A Part 7

India climber plans to spend the night on the Summit

Dutch Climbers prepare for Everest

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