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 Daily News: 4/11/2000 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.

Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 in search of the camera and Irvine. EverestNews.com. 

Latest Updates from Everest: 

Lhasa 4/3/2000 "The Potola palace is enormous, a sort of cross between Gormenghast and a 1930s ocean liner".

Lhasa 4/2/000

"The predominate colors are the electric blue of the sky and the orangey-brown of the hills".

Kathmandu 4/1/2000

"Disaster! We've just been informed by the pilot that the winds are too strong for landing at Lhasa. We will have to fly on to Chengdu".
 
 Click on the picture above to take you to the full BBC Dispatch

We encourage you to read our report on Graham Hoyland  from his lecture in Washington D.C. last month.

  • Mountain Madness

Dispatch: Christine Boskoff reporting for Mountain Madness from Everest Base Camp April 10, 2000: 

It is approximately 1:00 PM on this beautiful day in Basecamp. Yesterday a Llama from a village down below performed the puja ceremony, blessing the team and the equipment in preparation for ascending the mountain.  This is a traditional Buddhist ceremony which was followed by a great party with massive consumption of chang.  Chang is a local alcoholic beverage.  Peter Habeler has earned the nickname "Mr. Chang"!  Ray Yeritsen will be delivering 2 liters of chang to Peter at Camp I tomorrow. 

So far, Peter, Nazir Sabir, Ray and I have made it through the icefall. Both Camps I & II have been established and the climbing sherpas are real busy getting things ready for our climb. Peter and I have both slept at Camp I and Peter is returning there today for another night.  The Canadian team, Ray and I will again ascend to Camp I tomorrow.  We plan to continue on to Camp II and return to Basecamp in a few days after acclimatizing. 

The weather has been great and everyone is well.  Until later, this is Christine signing off. 

Christine Boskoff - Expedition Leader: The only American woman alive to have reached the Summit of Four 8000 meter peaks: Gasherbrum II-West Ridge(1999),  Lhotse-West Face (1997), Cho Oyu-West Face (1996),  Broad Peak-West Rib (1995). Only a few America men have reached more.

Peter Habeler - Austria: Owner and Director of the Alpinschule Mount Everest, President of the Austrian Alpine Club, First man, along with Reinhold Messner, to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen (1978). 8000 meter peaks:  Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, G-I (Hidden Peak), Cho Oyu

Nazir Sabir - from Owner and Director of Nazir Sabir Expeditions. 8000 meter peaks: K2 Summit with E. Otani (1981), G-II with Reinhold Messner (1982), Broad Peak with Reinhold Messner (1982), B-I (Hidden Peak),  Expedition Leader for Pakistan's Golden Jubilee Everest Expedition (1997).

EverestNews.com will be posting full dispatches sent from Christine Boskoff as they make their way in to Everest Base Camp, establish the various camps up the mountain and the final ascent to the summit.

For more information on Mountain Madness and  dispatch archives see: www.mountainmadness.com

  • Everest Spring 2000: Jagged Globe, Featured Expedition

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe in Spring 2000. Jagged Globe was founded by Steve Bell. Steve has more than 20 years of mountaineering experience including winter ascents of the north faces of the Eiger and Matterhorn. He claims "Britain's first guided expedition to an 8,000m peak and was the first Briton to lead clients to the summit of Everest." He has climbed all of the continental summits and is a fully qualified UIAGM mountain guide.

Steve and Jagged Globe are known as one of the best guiding companies in the world. Some think the Best.

This year's expedition will be lead by Australian guide, Andrew Lock (having been on two previous Everest expeditions and reached the Summit of K2), supported by Tim Bird. Tim has led expeditions for Jagged Globe for many years including successful trips to Elbrus, Stok Kangri, Mera and Island Peak, Aconcagua and Gasherbrum II. A highly regarded professional instructor (MIC), Tim directs their Scottish Winter Courses, and provides their UK technical support for training and advice to all their group expeditions licensed through the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. They are using the same Sherpa team as last year.

This is another international team, comprising:  Jack Culley (UK), Joe Wolf (USA), Jeff Magee (UK), David Spencer (UK), Curt Peterson (USA), Timothy Gregg (USA) , Paul Giorgio (USA). Joe Wolf hopes to complete his 7 Summits and to be the oldest summiter this season - he's 61 in March!

Dispatch: The team arrived at base camp on 7 April and is preparing to go to Camp 2 tomorrow (on 11 April).  Andrew Lock has joined the rest of the team and they have already got acquainted with the Khumbu Icefall, having made several forays into it over the last few days.  There is a temporary glitch with the email facility hence this report which was sent to the Jagged Globe office by sat-phone.  First-hand reports from the deputy leader, Tim Bird, are expected to resume on 12 April. Tom Briggs, Jagged Globe office. 

Check them out at :http://www.jagged-globe.co.uk/

  • Guest Columns: 

EverestNews.com will feature a guest column by Graham Ratcliffe, the first climber from the UK who has reached the Summit of Everest from both the North and South Sides during this year's Everest spring season. 

Please submit topics and questions for Graham or others at web@everestnews2004.com.  Let us know what you are thinking!

  • Hugo Rodriguez with Babu Chiri Sherpa 

During the spring of 2000, our expedition will return to Mount Everest, after two successful summits to the top of the world (1997 and 1999), with the purpose that Babu Chiri Sherpa, our Sirdar, will establish a new world record of speed climbing the summit and Hugo Rodriguez will become the first Mexican man to achieve three ascents to Mount Everest.

However, our mission is not just exclusively the sportive challenge implied but to promote a new conscience of common effort. We will be doing some events supporting Ecology like doing a partial cleaning at Mount Everest and we will be also working on a medical scientific project in order to study how extreme heights affects the immunological and cardiovascular systems, as well as the energetic metabolism. 

Dispatch: Hugo continues on to Camp 2. He is fine and ask that the next group carrying up to Camp 2 bring him some sodas and batteries. The weather condition at Camp 2 are much colder and windier. 

See his web site for the full dispatch and more: http://www.everest2000.net 

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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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