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 Daily News: 4/22/2000 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.

  • 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: 4/20/2000

Title: The team returns to load-carrying and climbs to Camp II at 6000 meters.

Weather: Sun during the day and snow at night.

Location of Expedition: Josep A. Pujante, Jep Tapias, Borja Pascual, Xavier Arias, Jep Tapias and Yasar Ugur are at Camp I.  The rest of the expedition are at Base Camp being coordinated by Joaquim 'Jake' Molins.

Next Objective: Decide the climbing route.

Dispatch: The expedition, in spite of adverse weather conditions, follows the planned schedule.  "Team One" made up of Dr Josep Pujante Antoni, Paschal de Borja (from Madrid) and the Yasar Ugur (Turkey) reached 6000 meters, where CII is located. The team then returned to the CI.  Tomorrow, they will decide whether to continue on the French route or follow another less-dangerous route to the summit.  This decision was already made two days ago by the American expedition. The high temperatures during the day and the cold and snow during the night has caused the route to become very instable and prone to avalanches.  This is especially the case near CII.  While "Team One" ascended to the CII,  "Team Two" formed by Basque Iosu, Feijoo and Xavier Arias and Jep Tapias fixed ropes in sections between the base camp and CI.  Both teams met in CI in the afternoon. According to Dr Pujante "We had a very hard day.  We climbed for 13 hours to CII and then descended to CI in bad weather." The American and Military expeditions are looking to team-up and combine efforts to complete the ascent of the mountain.

NEWSFLASH 4/21/2000 7:47 pm EST


Communication from the International Expedition to Annapurna 2000 via Airtel from Camp I at 5000 meters. 

"Team One" formed by Ugur Uluoak, Paschal Borja and myself, yesterday reopened the route between Camp 1 to Camp 2.  The route had become impassable after several continuous days of falling snow and subsequent avalanches. Returning to Camp 1 to spend the night with to the "Team Two" formed by Jep, Iosu Aryan Feijoo and Xavier.  They had installed prudent fixed ropes between Camp 1 and BC.  Today, they were to have installed fixed ropes between Camp 1 and Camp 2.  However, at midnight, an immense avalanche, coming from the level 7500 meters, caused an enormous roar and later a powerful expansive wave. The avalanche strongly shook the tents at Camp 1 and awoke everyone.  Everyone then scrambled to refuges before the imminent arrival of the snow.  This sprinkled the level platform of Camp 1 following the explosion that has lasted almost a minute. This morning, we prepared the loads that Sherpas should have transport to Camp 2.  This included ropes, stoves and food that they were to put in the tents. Minutes afterwards, when studying the route, we saw that the avalanche of the previous night literally swept all but 400 meters of the route to Camp 2.  This is the exact route that we followed yesterday.  The avalanche wiped out the route towards Camp 2. Immediately afterwards, as the expedition head, I had to order that neither Sherpas nor the climbers accept the to risk and cancelled the plans for the day. I have ordered the Sherpas to descend to the BC. The climbers, at the moment, are here at Camp 1. The American expedition, led by Ed Viesturs, who also was in the Camp 1 and has immense experience in the Himalayas, at sight of the circumstances, decided to definitively abandon their ascent of Annapurna. The French military expedition, did not climb to Camp 1 as was planned. We are therefore alone at Camp 1 and in good conditions. As the route to Camp 2 has been destroyed and the atmospheric conditions are not good, we will stay here a few days awaiting better conditions. The patience, the prudence and the tenacity, must be united to attempt to ascend Annapurna. 

Jose Pujante, leader of the Expedition the International 2,000 Annapurna / Port of Barcelona

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:

The Story is Communications are down for most expeditions. This seems to happen every year on Everest. They will get it back up. They always do.

Numerous Expeditions are now at Base Camp, most have been to ABC. A large Russian team is leading the way up the mountain. 

Graham Hoyland, with the BBC expedition, and Juan Oiarzabal, with the Spanish Expedition attempting to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine, both have been to ABC and so far appear to be having no problems.  However communications with both expeditions are down.

  • Everest South Side:

Climbers are now at Camp 3 with Camp 4 being established. Looks like late next week or early May for Summit attempts.

Christine Boskoff, who is climbing with Peter Habeler has announced an "expected end of April" Summit attempt. See her last dispatch on EverestNews.com.

  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith

Current Status: Byron Smith and Tim Rippel are bunked down at Camp 3 with high winds blowing outside their tent on the Lhotse Face. They'll climb back to Base camp Saturday morning. 

Check his diary entry for more http://cbc.ca/everest2000/

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