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 Daily News: 4/8/2000 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.

  • In search of Mike Matthews' Body

Michael Matthews, age 22, of London, England, lost his life on May 13, 1999, while descending to Camp 4 from the summit of Mt. Everest.  Mike was wearing a red Northface Himalayan down suit. There as black trim on the shoulders and knees, and he would have been wearing a Russian oxygen system with perhaps a "UK" or American bottle (UK or American bottle is about twice as large as the orange Russian bottles) and was a grey-blue color.  His boots were black One-Sport boots with yellow trim.  His ice axe was a silver color and was made of metal.  We have reason to believe that Mike was approximately 200-300 meters above the balcony when he lost his life. 

Mike's family requests that any climber (western or Sherpa) who locates what he thinks may be Mike's body or personal effects please contact EverestNews.com at everestnews2004@adelphia.net or Jak M. Smith at jaksmith@dixie-net.com or telephone number 1-662-844-7721 in the United States.  We would appreciate you locating the body or effects as precisely as possible and contacting one of us.  Your cooperation and help would be greatly appreciated. Jak M. Smith

Mike picture with what he was wearing that day is here. Mike was the youngest climber to ever reach the Summit of Everest from the UK. As you can see clearly, Babu's "tent" is in the background. There is no doubt Mike reached the Summit.

  • Coming to EverestNews.com: Guest Columns from Writers, historians, and Everest climbers...
  • Danish Expedition: Thrane & Thrane

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’ -  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.

Update: On Friday, April 7th was a rest day at Lobuche. 

Check their reports at

An interesting rest is http://www.tt.dk/everest/406_e.html 

  • Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:

Current Status: Base Camp.  We made base camp late yesterday after a hard eight-hour trek. I'm very proud of everyone but there is one problem; climber Francois Bedard didn't accompany us. 

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

  • Dutch

Three Dutch Climbers Frits Vrijlandt, Steven Le Poole, and Joke Groenendaal: Frits and Steven, will attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. When they succeed, they will be the first Dutchmen to do so. Joke will keep you updated.

Dispatch: Frits Vrijlandt Happy Breakfast 

"Once more we have had a big breakfast outside: Heavy breakfast (eggs, bacon, fried potatoes with garlic, tomato and bread). The waiter pronounces it as 'happy breakfast' causing hilarious laughter every time. 

This morning we slept late because we had our first appointment at 10 am: a Lama would bless the expedition members. At 10.30 we were at the Asian Trekking warehouse, where we would meet our sherpas. 

We bought the required prayer flags and prayer shawls, but our sherpas had tough luck at the monastery: the Lama was out. The next Lama was in, residing in his town dwellings on the second floor of Kathmandu's cable company. This Lama is the spiritual leader of the largest monastery on the way to the Nepalese Everest Base Camp. The sherpas had not announced our visit, so we had to wait until the Lama had finished lunch. Every one of us was received by the Lama for a personal blessing and after that, the prayer flags for our Base Camp got their blessing too.

This afternoon we have renumbered our 22 pieces of luggage at Asian Trekking. Every single piece of luggage must get its unique number so we can easily keep an eye on our belongings during the next few days. Afterwards I went back to our hotel for a rest and to find out whether there was anything left to do. There was: getting fifty liters of fuel and oil for the generator and a 0-modem cable to connect our two laptop computers. By the time I found that cable, I had scoured fourteen of the sixteen computer shops on New Road. But as far as I can see, now we really have everything we might possibly need and are ready to leave for Tibet. Tonight we'll have a goodbye-steak at KC's Restaurant and pack our rucksack for the next few days." 

Check them out: http://www.everest.home.nl/ for the full details.

  • List of Expeditions who have paid for their permits in Nepal: Not a complete list of all Expeditions for Spring, just a list who has paid so far...

Permitted During 2000 Spring Season

Country Wise

S.No

Expedition Team

Name of the Peak & Height

Ascent Route

Name of the Leader

Country

Australia

1

Australian Kumbhakarna Expedition

Kumbhakarna (7710m.)

N. Face

Mr. Athol 

Australia

2

Catalion Amadablam Expedition 2000

Amadablam

S.E Ridge

Mr. Xavier Gonzalez

Australia

Austria

3

Carinthin Makalu I Expedition

Makalu I (8463m.)

N.W. Ridge

Dr. Erich Resch

Austria

4

Austrian Amadablam Expedition

Amadablam (6812m.)

SER

Mr. Theo Fritsche

Austria

5

RAX Pumori 2000

Pumori (7161m.)

SER

Mr. Gerhard Ferstl

Austria

Canada

6

Team Everest 2000 Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Byron Smith

Canada

Denmark

7

Thrane & Thrane Mountaineering Team Everest 2000

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

S.Pillar

Mr. Henrik Jessen Hansen

Denmark

France

8

French Annapurna I (GMHM) Expedition

Annapurna I (8091m.)

N. Face

Mr. Thierry Bolo

France

Georgia

9

Lhotse Grus 2000 Expedition

Lhotse

W.Face

Mr. Benedict Kashakashvilli

Georgia

Germany

10

Himalaya 2000 Saxony Himalaya Exp.

Baruntse

S.E. Ridge

Mr. Gotz Weigand

Germany

11

Amical Alpine Dhauligiri I Exp' 2000.

Dhaulagiri I

N.E Ridge

Mr. Hojo Netzer

Germany

India

12

Himalayan Medical Camp Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Syamal Sarkar

India

13

Indo Tibetan Border Police Expedition

Kanchenjunga

S.W Side

Mr. Sunil Datta Sharma

India

Italy

14

Italian Makalu Expedition

Makalu I (8463m.)

NWR

Mr. Christian Kuntner

Italy

Japan

15

Kozankai Tilicho Peak Expedition 2000

Tilicho (7134m.)

N. Side

Mr. Masaki Koike

Japan

16

Shinshu University Ganesh Himal II Exp. 2000

Ganesh II (7111m.)

SER

Mr. Hideki Yoshida

Japan

17

East Japan Manaslu Expedition 2000

Manaslu (8163m.)

E. Face

Mr. Yoshio Maruyama

Japan

18

Osaka Eiho Alpine Club Exp. 2000 Spring

Gyachung Kang

S.E Ridge

Mr. Takashi Shiro

Japan

Korea

19

2000 Korean 7 Summits Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Son Joong Ho

Korea

20

2000 Korean Kanchenjunga Exp.

Kanchenjunga

S.Face

Mr. Go In Kyung

Korea

21

2000 Korean Manaslu Expedition

Manaslu

N.E Ridge

Mr. Han Wang Yong

Korea

22

2000 Dongguk Makalu Expedition

Makalu I

N.E Ridge

Mr. Hyoung Woo Kim

Korea

Mexico

23

Expedicion Mexicana Amadablam

Amadablam

SWR

Mr. Pablo Juarrez Logos

Mexico

Nepal

24

Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Miss Lhakpa Sherpa

Nepal

New Zealand

25

Expedition

Amadablam

N. Ridge

Mr. David Crafts

NewZealand

Spain

26

Expedicio 2000 Al Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Antoni Bahi Alburquerque

Spain

27

Expedition Andalucia Everest 2000

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Manuel Gonzale Diaz

Spain

28

Tarragona Expedition Everest 2000

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

S.Pillar

Mr. Joan Tomas Gebelli

Spain

29

Royal Expedition Annapurna 2000 Spain

Annapurna I (8091m.)

N. Face

Mr. Josep A. Pujante

Spain

30

ETB 2000 Expedition

Manaslu

N.E Ridge

Mr. Felix Maria I. Iriate

Spain

Slovenia

31

Slovene Himalayan Exp' Lhotse 2000.

Lhotse

West CWM

Mr. Tomaz Zerovnik

Slovenia

Switzerland

32

Valais Kanchenjunga Exp' 2000.

Kanchenjunga

S. Face

Mr. Andre Georges

Switzerland

U.K.

33

Sagarmatha Millennium Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Gavin Bate

UK

34

HG Lhotse Expedition 2000

Lhotse (8516m.)

W. Face

Mr. Henry B. Todd

UK

35

HG Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Henry B. Todd

UK

36

British Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse (7129m.)

SER

Mr. John Baker

UK

37

British Chamlang Exp. Spring 2000

Chamlang (7319m.)

N.Face

Mr. Christopher G. Comerie

UK

38

HG III Everest Expedition USA

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Patrick J. Kenny

UK

39

BSKE 2000 Ramtang Peak Expedition

Ramtang

Normal

Mr. A.J. Edington

UK

40

British Services Kanchenjunga Exp. 2000

Kanchenjunga

Yalung Face

Mr. Andrew Hughes

UK

U.S.A

41

Mountain Madness Sagarmatha Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Ms. Christine  Boskoff

USA

42

2000 Everest Environmental Expedition

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Robert H Hoffman

USA

43

International Mountain Guides Everest 2000

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Eric Simonson

USA

44

2000 Everest Millennium Expedition USA

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Randy Todd

USA

45

Arun International Everest Expedition Spring 2000

Sagarmatha (8848m.)

SER

Mr. Gary J. Guller

USA

46

RAM 2000 Amadablam Expedition

Amadablam (6812m.)

SWR

Mr. Ronald Matous

USA

47

Amadablam 2000 NFB Expedition

Amadablam (6812m.)

SWR

Mr. Pasquale V. Scaturro

USA

48

American Amadablam Expedition

Amadablam (6812m.)

SWR

Mr. Matthew Fioretti

USA

49

Connecting Class Room to the World Pumori 2000

Pumori (7161m.)

SWR

Mr. Worsham Donald

USA

50

International Annapurna I Expedition

Annapurna I

N. Face

Mr. Edmund Viesturs

USA

51

Colorado Amadablam Expedition 2000

Amadablam

S. Ridge

Mr. David Penney

USA

52

American Spring 2000 Amadablam Expedition

Amadablam

SWR

Mr. Jeffrey S. Clapp

USA

Source: Bikrum Pandey Kathmandu Nepal

  • Annapurna Spring 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: Without news from the Expedition 

WeatherVariable temperatures. 

Expedition Location: Unknown 

Next objective: To cross the Tolobugin Pass at 4300 meters. 

Update: The lack of news makes us speculate that the team is crossing the Thulobugin Pass. The itinerary puts them at Base Camp after crossing this path so it is assumed the next communication will come from there.  In the mean time, we spoke with Antoni Villena, a Catalan mountaineer who knows the area around the pass like few others. He has visited there on two occasions.  He was also a member of the second Spanish expedition to Annapurna. He said "If the porters have left the team because of the adverse weather conditions near the ascent to the Thulobugin Pass, the complications will worsen in the climb out of the pass". Villena was in the pass last year, 25 after his first visit, on his way to Annapurna Base Camp.  The team's situation is not strange to him.  "It is normal that it snows during this time of year considering the altitude.  Additionally, when thinking of the steep entrance to the Pass, it is very dangerous". "The snow accumulates in the path which forces the team, in many cases, to install fixed lines to secure the section ". Antoni Villena, who will return to the Nepal to hike the Annapurna circuit, assures us that the complications are far from over. "The path to Base Camp of the north face of the Annapurna is without a doubt the most complicated of those to any of the 14 8,000 meter peaks. Thus, it is not a surprise that the porters would fear this route.". "Annapurna is a mountain of that is not journeyed to very much because of these difficulties and the avalanche danger, it is danger. ", explained prestigious the climber. Source: The Annapurna Web Site Editor.

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

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Reinhold Messner latest adventure

The Quest for 14

Death on the way to Everest continued

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.

Jochen Hemmleb Q&A Part 7

India climber plans to spend the night on the Summit

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