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 Byron Smith

May 2000 Byron reaches the Summit of Everest !

It appears that after Byron's Summit of Everest, he made some person or persons unhappy with him or maybe the old story of those that do not summit come away unhappy. This is something EverestNews.com sees every year where climbers on an expedition feelings vary with their summit success. Those that reach the summit are happy, those that do not are not. This is not always the case, however in many cases it is true, especially right after the climb.

In the case of Byron's Summit we received anonymous e-mails after his climb, stating people were out to get him. [From those people who were out to get him! One read "Brothers in Arms" Weird...]. Note that when EverestNews.com have removed climbers from our Summit lists before in the past, climbers spoke on the record giving facts and details.

Byron's Summit has never been disputed by those on the Summit that day. In fact when those rumors started after this Summit, we did what we normally do, we asked the climbers!

In this case, all climbers who reached the Summit that day were Sherpas except Byron. So we asked, the now late, Babu Chiri Sherpa and others Sherpa climbers if Byron reached the Summit. Byron reached the Summit. There is no dispute. We have also seen several e-mails from other Sherpa climbers.

We have very high level of faith in the Sherpa climbers telling the truth. In both 1998 and 1999, EverestNews.com pulled Sherpa climbers names off the Summit list when we asked them about OTHER CLIMBERS who reached the Summit!!! 5 Sherpas in all, volunteered the information that they did not Summit after they were reported !!! The Sherpa climbers, we believe told the truth, about other climbers who hired them. Information that was confirmed by other climbers.

Some climbers appear to be trying to "stir the pot" on Byron's Summit again this year. So to those that have an axe to grind with Byron, nothing personal, but get over it...

Byron Smith stood upon the Summit of Everest on May 21st 2000.

Byron has decided in the past, like Andy Lapkass this year, to "stay out of the fray as much as possible". We respect this, but thought it was time to confirm Byron's Summit for anyone who might be influenced by others with an axe to grind. We have not asked Byron to comment on this story.

Also see the original report Daily News: 5/21/2000 Report.

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