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 Daily News: 4/5/2000 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.

  • Everest South Side 2000:

Most climbers are now in Base Camp. Sherpas are going into the ice fall. EverestNews.com is hearing that the ice fall will likely be opened in the next few days for others. Some concern over oxygen not arriving. 

  • Everest North Side 2000:

Teams are still making their way to Base Camp. Some are still in Kathmandu. 

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith at EBC !

Current Status:  Here is Byron Smith's diary entry for Monday April 3: I woke up at 5:30 this morning as nature was beckoning me to the bathroom, well a bathroom of sorts. The toilet is a plastic barrel lined with thick plastic and surrounded by rocks on three sides. A tent 7 ft high and 3 ft square is placed on top and is fastened down with rope to keep it from flying into Tibet with the winds blowing up the Khumbu Glacier. 

Four of our Sherpa went up into the icefall this morning to carry tents to Camp 1 and Camp 2, they had taken part in a Puja ceremony down in the valley before arriving at Basecamp.  I watched them ascend the icefall, starting on the left side and traversing over to the right about half way up before I lost sight of them. They established the camps and descended back to Basecamp by 2:30 p.m. They said the icefall is in pretty good shape. 

We had a little birthday party for John Armstrong at dinnertime; some of the members decorated the dinning tent with balloons and streamers. Today was the test broadcast for the NBC Today Show which Michelin North America [one of the Expedition sponsors] had set up a few weeks ago. I will be doing five live interviews from the mountain starting on Wednesday, April 4. They then told me they want me in their studio in New York when I return in June. I will certainly be taking Jamie and Zach with me when I go. 

George Gallant our film director was supposed to leave for home on the 4th of April, having had decided to fly out on the 7th. Well it seems the flights are all booked from Bangkok to Los Angeles and I spent some time talking to our Thai Airline contact, Gen Manager David Yu, back in Canada, to try to sort it out late last night. The only day George can fly from Kathmandu to Bangkok is on the 6th and then fly standby on the 7th from Bangkok to Los Angeles and then on to Calgary. It means George will have to leave early tomorrow morning from Basecamp and trek to Khumjung in a day. He will have two days (5th, 6th) to catch a helicopter from the Syangboche Airstrip in the early morning and then catch his 1:40 p.m. flight to Bangkok. 

We will all miss George as he has added so much to our team not only as a person but as a teacher, helping us all learn how to edit film, use the film cameras correctly etc. 

We continued to sort out all the supplies for Basecamp as well as the on mountain equipment and food. Tomorrow we build the shower, and I think we all need it. 

See you at the top! Byron Smith Expedition Leader 

For video updates (which are very good), and daily dispatches check Byron's Expedition out today: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/

  • Annapurna Spring 2000: 4/3/2000

EverestNews.com will follow the attempt on Annapurna of the "International Annapurna 2000 Expedition": We think you will find these daily reports very interesting. Go to their site for the pictures and dispatches in Spanish. Their web site:  www.interofer.es/annapurna2000 with reports in Spanish, Pictures and more !

Title: Civilization to our Backs

Weather: Sun, Heat (35 Cs)

Expedition Location: On the way to Choya Deurali

Next objective: To camp at Choya Deurali

Today we will turn our backs to civilization and enter into the true kingdom of mountains.  With each step up the valley of the Annapurnaswe are moving  along the historical routes. There is considerable accumulated snow at 4300 meters. This is the level at which our base camp will be established. Due to this, we have had many porters leave the expedition. Our Sirdar, Mingma, has had to hire substitutes. We hope this does not mean delay.  After arriving at our destination, we will take the day to rest and wash ourselves and our clothes and mainly to contemplate the climb ahead of us. The French expedition, that had predicted to go to the mountain, postponed  its attempt and now it seems that they will return to try it in Autumn. 

We are going to be the only representatives of that French expedition that in 1950 conquered the mountain and in its honor we are going to reach the summit.

Tonight we sleep in our tents, the civilization is gone and now we live level with the ground.

If everything goes well, tonight we will camp in Choya Deurali.

Namaste!

Joaquim " Jake " Molins i Gil 

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

  • NOVA/WGBH ONLINE TEAM RETURNS TO ANTARCTICA TO FOLLOW THREE WORLD-RENOWNED MOUNTAINEERS AS THEY RETRACE SHACKLETON'S HISTORIC STEPS ACROSS SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND 

On April 7th, You can journey back to Antarctica to join the latest NOVA Online Adventure as three world-renowned mountaineers-Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker, and Stephen Venables- retrace Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's historic steps across the 10,000-foot peaks of South Georgia Island. 

In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-man crew found themselves stranded in the Antarctic when their ship, the Endurance, became crushed in pack ice. After a winter on the sea ice, he and his men set sail in three tiny boats, reaching the uninhabited Elephant Island. From there, Shackleton and a few men set off in a 23-foot boat on an epic 800-mile journey through the world's worst seas to South Georgia Island. Their last hope for survival was to cross 26 miles of mountains and glaciers, long considered impassable, to reach a whaling station on the opposite side. Starved, frostbitten, and wearing rags, the three weary men-Shackleton, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean-made the journey, and returned to rescue the men on Elephant Island, twenty months after their initial departure. Not a soul on the Endurance was lost.

In October and November 1999, a NOVA/PBS Online Adventure-Shackleton's Antarctic Odyssey -revisited the scenes of Shackleton's epic story of survival in the Antarctic during filming for both a NOVA television program and a NOVA large-format film for IMAXฎ theaters, with dispatches live from the Antarctic from Online producer, Kelly Tyler. Now NOVA Online returns to the Antarctic with three world-renowned mountaineers-Reinhold Messner, Conrad Anker, and Stephen Venables-as they follow in Shackleton's footsteps and retrace his historic climb across South Georgia Island, now known as the "Shackleton Traverse."

CLIMBER BIOGRAPHIES: Reinhold Messner is well known for his unquenchable thirst for adventure and some one hundred first ascents. With nearly three thousand trips in to the mountains, he was first to climb all the world's 8,000-meter peaks, first to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, and the first to undertake what Shackleton had set out to do back in 1914, cross the Antarctic continent on foot. Accomplished climber Conrad Anker-who discovered the body of climber George Mallory on a NOVA-sponsored expedition to Everest in 1999- also teamed up with climbers Alex Lowe and Jon Krakauer in 1997 and traveled to Antarctica to climb Rakekniven in Queen Maud Land and the Vinson Massif via two new routes, and currently holds the speed record for the regular route (9 hours, 11 minutes). Veteran climber Stephen Venables joined a small group to tackle the daunting task of pioneering a new route up Everest's Kangshung Face-the biggest wall on the world's highest peak-ultimately reaching the summit alone and without supplemental oxygen. Venables' most memorable expedition to South Georgia in 1990 became the subject of his third book, Island at the Edge of the World.

NOVA ONLINE ADVENTURE: The NOVA Online Web site will follow this modern expedition with dispatches featuring audio with the climbers themselves and digital imagery, a map updated daily with the team's current location, and if conditions allow, 360-degree panoramic photos (QTVRs). The existing site also chronicles Shackleton's breathtaking journey with a narrated "slide show" of stunning photographs shot by expedition photographer Frank Hurley; shows how our understanding of Antarctic geography altered through time with a changing map; offers brief biographies of Shackleton's extraordinary team; lets you try your hand at navigating to South Georgia with a Shockwave game, and tells the untold tragedy of Shackleton's unsung support crew stationed in the Ross Sea. Lauren Aguirre is senior producer, and Kelly Tyler is producer for NOVA Online.

EverestNews.com will carry weekly short reports from the trek and remind you of this interesting trek ! Check them out at: www.pbs.org/nova/shackleton

Death on the way to Everest

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

ALAN HINKES TARGETS THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD, KANGCHENJUNGA AS TWELFTH MOUNTAIN ON HIS CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE BRITISH RECORD

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 in search 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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