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 May 26-31th,1999 Daily Reports

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Daily News: 5/30-31/99 Report 2:49 PM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: Summits ! 

The 2 names of the Georgian summiters.  Here they are:

Mr. Merab Khabazi  (or Khabaza)    
Mr. Irakli Ugulava               

We also have the two names of the American climbers.  Here they are:

Mr. Frederick C. Barth        born June 6, 1952
Mr. Ghorghe Dijmarescu   (previously reported)  born November 20, 1961 Pemba Sherpa also reached the Summit.

All of these climbers are from the expeditions organized by Asian-Trekking. Climbers climbing independently (non-guided) with Sherpa support.

Update **** Note please see QUESTIONED SUMMITS on Everest

Daily News: 5/29/99 Report 8:23 AM EST

Daily News: 5/28/99 Report 1:01 PM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side:  "Kangshung Face" Summits !  "We have just received a Radio Message that confirms the successful climb of 3 Indian nationals from the Millenium Indian Everest Expedition Team.  The message says that Kusang Dorjee Sherpa, Sange Sherpa and Amar Prakash (all Indian climbers) arrived at the summit of Mt. Everest at 7:10 a.m. Nepal time today, 28th May 1999, climbing through the "Kangshung Face". Thank you. Sincerely,  Ang Tshering Sherpa Managing Director Asian-Trekking. Asian-Trekking and their Sherpa climbers are supporting this expedition which includes Chuldim Sherpa, who was an Everest Summitter with the Chilean Expedition Kangshung Face in 1994 according to Asian-Trekking.
  • Patagonia Mountain Agency has updated their site. Check their site for the  dispatch. EverestNews.com, has confirmed that the Italians (at least not part of them) has not left Everest as was earlier reported by PMA. EverestNews.com simply has not had time to confirm if the others reporting by PMA (Swiss, Ukrainians) has left. The confusion probably results from some of the expedition leaving but not all of them (but that is speculation). EverestNews.com also does not know if the French part of the Swiss expedition has left.
  • Insiders look for an update in a few hours.
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Daily News: 5/27/99 Report 3:01 PM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: The Question (see NEWSFLASH below): Were the two Summits by the 2 members from the "International Everest Expedition"; A.) from number (3) on our North Side expedition page: Asian-Trekking North Side 99 Expedition, aka, International expedition (organized by Asian Trekking agency) - Everest from North - leader Gia Tortladze; B.) number (4) International Everest Expedition 99 Spring, (2nd group), organized by  Zelenograd mountaineering club and Asian-Trekking  -  leader Skripko Viacheslav (Russia) and Dimitrov Borislav (Bulgaria) or C.) number (1) on our list Everest International Expedition 1999: Leader Belgian Pascal Debrouwer and  Joao Garcia. The answer is simple. We don't know. We could speculate but we won't.

Update **** Note please see QUESTIONED SUMMITS on Everest

  • Joao Garcia: A reliable source reports to EverestNews.com that, "Joao is arriving in Kathmandu at the moment, according to our correspondent in Macau who has moved to Kathmandu since last Thursday...", We hope the media goes slow with Joao. EverestNews.com will wait until Joao has had time to rest and reflect on this experience and then we will talk with Joao. Probably when he contacts us.
  • Cho Oyu Summits by the Moscow Sport Committee on Risk. Risk is also working to try to find the names of the climbers in the below NEWSFLASH. So check them out and stay tuned.
  • EverestNews.com is very far behind on our e-mail again. But as those who have e-mailed us know. We TRY to answer our e-mail. We don't always have the answers, but we do TRY to get back to You. Look for us to get caught up, next week...
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NEWSFLASH: 5/27/99 Report 8:39AM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North  Side:  Summits, Summits, and More Summits !
  • On 26th May 1999 the Sherpa climber Apa (aka Appa) Sherpa successfully climbed to the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848 m) from North Side at 11:00 a.m.  With this climb he has achieved the record of climbing Mt. Everest 10 times (the same number as Ang Rita Sherpa). Together with Apa Sherpa, Ghorghe Dijmarescu, an American climber, succeeded in his attempts to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest.  Others who climbed to the summit are: Naga Dorje Sherpa, Man B. Tamang and another Sherpa whose name is currently unknown. 2 members from the International Everest Expedition also reached at the summit of Mt. Everest from North Side at 11:00 a.m. on 26th May 1999. Georgian climbers of the 1st Georgian Everest (North Side) Expedition also succeeded in getting to the summit of Mt. Everest from North Side at the same time, the same day.
  • On 27th May 1999 at 7:00 a.m. 3 foreign climbers and 3 Nepalese Sherpas of the Himalayan Experience Expedition to Mt. Everest successfully climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest from Tibet Side.  Those who succeeded in getting to the summit of Mt. Everest are: Japanese climber Mr. Kazuhiko Kozuka, German climber Miss Helga Hengge and Australian climber Mr. Geoffrey Robb, and the Nepalese High Altitude Sherpas Mr. Loppsang T. Sherpa, Mr. Phurba T. Sherpa and Mr. Karsang N. Sherpa. Source: Ang Tshering Sherpa, Managing Director
  • 10 members of the China Tibet Mountaineering Expedition Team to All 14 8000m Peaks successfully climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest from North Side (Tibet) on 27th May 1999 at 8:00 a.m. More on the "Chinese ghost climbers" on EverestNews.com in the June re-caps. You might be interested in these stories ...
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NEWSFLASH: 5/26/99 Report 1:59PM EST (Updated)

  • Everest Spring 99 South Side:  Our friends at HIMALAYA Center in Kathmandu tell EverestNews.com that Babu Chhiri Sherpa has achieved his ninth Summit of Everest. Other Sherpa climbers to reach the Summit were:

    Dawa Sherpa aged 35, Takshindu, Solukhumbu, has become two times summitter, Pemba Sherpa aged 27 of Takshindu, Solukhumbu, Mingma Chhiring Sherpa aged 30 of Thame, Solukhumbu, Nima Dorgee Sherpa aged 33 of Sankhuwashabha, two times summitter, Da Temba Sherpa aged 34 of Namche, Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa of Thame, Solukhumbu also climbed the Sagarmatha this morning.

  • One needs to ask: Will the trend become for the strong Sherpa climbers to summit more than once in a season on the South Side? This is now four Sherpa climbers who has reached the Summit twice in the same season (not year) in the last two years. Babu previously reached the Summit twice by the more difficult North Side on May 14 and May 26th 1995.

  • You are going to see other reports stating that Nepal's Ministry of Tourism is reporting six sherpas climbers Summits. EverestNews.com also has that report. We believe the confusion is due to the fact that there was "6 plus Babu ". Probably also explains why we were told 6 yesterday. However, EverestNews.com will follow up on this to confirm the correct summits with the Ministry and climbers as normal to make sure there is no mistakes.
  • The Sjogrens added their names to the list of couples to reach the 29,028-foot summit of Mount Everest. It is NOT True that they are the first or the second couple to Summit. The first Married Couple to summit together: Andrej & Marija Stremfelj (Slovenia), 10/7/90. Also Sergei Arsentiev and Fran DiStefano-Arsentiev on the North Side in 1998 summited without oxygen.....
  • Everest Spring 99 North Side:  EverestNews.com is receiving reports of "crowds at high camps" as the rush to Summit before May 31st has began. Only 10 summits has been reported so far on the North Side this year, with 3 of the 10 failing to return from the Summit. Stay tuned...

Daily News: 5/26/99 Report 12:39 PM EST

  • Everest Spring 99 North Side: We decided to wait until we heard something on the North Side. But it is now night in Nepal (and Tibet) with no report coming.... So what we know is similar to yesterday. Several climbers are at High camps with Summit attempts expected, but no news of summits from yesterday yet. Additional news is that we have an unconfirmed report (from a reliable source, or we would not report it) that the large Asian-Trekking Expedition with deputy leader Fred Barth will attempt the summit on the 26th. EverestNews.com has no news on individual climbers in this group.
  • Everest Spring 99 North Side:  It is very hard to report the North Side in real time and confirm items once several expeditions leave. Look for news on the North Side to continue in June, with many confirmations and re-caps occurring in June. Also look for many climbers to be interviewed by EverestNews.com.
  • 1999 Everest Summits by EverestNews.com page has been updated. This page is still DRAFT with additional information (like yesterday's summits) to be added, including those two mystery climbers.
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1999 K2:

Dear friends who follow EverestNews.com,

Get ready! From Jun  1st on EverestNews.com will transmit "K2 on-line", digital photos and information sent daily via satellite from Karakorum. You will follow our expedition step by step, formed  by the Italian Abele Blanc, the Spaniard Pepe Garces and I, the Brazilian Waldemar Niclevicz. Firstly, we are going to face Gasherbrum and Hidden Peak and then, K2. It won't be easy to climb those three mountains, that's why I count on your cheering!

Before starting my trip, I spent three days in Bolivia. The weather was  terrific and I could climb three beautiful mountains: Tarija (5,060m), Pequeno Alpamayo (5,370m) and Condoriri (5,648m). Those mountains are located near La Paz,   on the called Cordillera Real in Bolivian Andes. It was a pity I couldn't stay longer, but I believe that  those few days have been enough  to alert my organism that I'll reach higher altitudes.

And now, my friends, I've already got my suitcases ready ( I mean, backpacks) to K2! I 'm starting my long trip on May 23rd, leaving Brazil to Italy   where I'll meet Abele Blanc. Together we're going  to do the last   shopping and on May 30th we'll leave to Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. We'll meet Pepe Garces there.

Waldemar Niclevicz

Attention: From Jun  1st on "K2 on-line" will start, with digital photos and daily information, sent via satellite directly from Pakistan.

Project K2 is sponsored by O BOTICΑRIO, IRIDIUM AND MATTE LEΓO.

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