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 Daily News: 4/12/2000 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: 

Everest is already beginning to take its toll.

  • Everest North Side:

Juan Oiarzabal, "To the Edge of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE Expedition to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine of Everest.  

Juan and the climbers are around 4000 meters and moving up to EBC on the North. Other climbers are with them. 

Graham Hoyland and his expedition (Russell Brice) are a few days behind. The BBC has told us that Graham's updates will come a few at a time and not every day. We will let YOU know when updates occur!

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith

Current Status: Lots of news today from Basecamp. One of the climbers, Brad, has decided this is not the right year for him to attempt an assault on the summit.  Brad has taken some spectacular photos of the mountain and has made a significant contribution to the expedition. Often climbers reach Basecamp and realize they are not in prime condition to continue the daunting task of taking on Everest. There is no doubt Brad will return to the mountain another day.

John and Ann have also left Basecamp.  John has been in charge of communications and has done an extraordinary job of getting information from this isolated area back to us.  Ann has been looking after the education program.  When you have your feet firmly planted at low altitude it's tough to realize how hard it is to acclimatize to life at the base of the world's highest mountain.  John has had difficulty breathing and has suffered altitude sickness for the past few weeks. He has decided he will be better off at lower altitudes. Ann has decided to accompany her husband home. 

So what does this mean for the climb?  Byron remains confident.  Two more Canadians, Dave and Jenny Irvine-Halliday are expected to arrive within days to help out at Basecamp. Byron, Tim and Virginia are all doing very well.  More details over the next few days. 

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

  • Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:

Current Status: One of their climbers is having many problems with the high altitude.

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

  • 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, one with numerous casualties. As a result, Henrik Jessen Hansen had to give up his personal attempt to reach the summit. Henrik Jessen Hansen established the world highest emergency hospital, where he performed important and needed rescue help.

Update: On Friday, April 8th the climbers were one  day from Base Camp. The climbers should now be in BC. Look for another update soon.

Check their reports at http://www.tt.dk Check them out: http://www.everest.home.nl/ for the full details.


  • 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 !

Update 4/9/2000: The snow and wind have delayed our arrival to base camp by three days. We need now to install the necessary equipment for scaling the mountain. Some equipment we are waiting for hopefully  will arrive tomorrow. We will then need to perform the mandatory religious ceremonies necessary in all base camps in the Himalayas. The altimeter that indicates that base camp is at 4180 meters almost 4000 meters below our objective. 

Update: 4/10/2000: Calm day today in Base camp. Joaquim Molins begins to write about the adventure against a scenery we could have only imagined during our four years that it took for us to get here! Now it is before our eyes. We hope to fulfill a dream in the days ahead. 

The main goal of the team is to acclimatize to the altitude at the moment. The hours on foot to get to this point were long and hard. The time is now to write, listen to music, and contemplate the mountain and imagine the top. Different routes are always intuited towards the top and each one tries to defend it technically. The truth will be when one steps on top and then returns safely from its slopes. 

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

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

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Mountain Madness for Everest Spring 2000

List of Expeditions who have paid for their permits in Nepal

In search of Mike Matthews' Body

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

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