Women Everest 2001 Expedition
South American Women Expedition to Mount Everest
Chilean women started an expedition to Mount Everest.
They are Vivianne Cuq (leader), Cristina Prieto,
Patricia Soto y Andrea Munoz. They are joined by three
high-altitude cameramen: Christian Cuq, Philippe Reuter
and Francisco Medina. The rest of expedition includes
one doctor, one producer and one professional cameraman
from Chilean National Television. Total: 10 persons,
all Chilean, except Philippe Reuter, who is from
France, but lives in Chile.
of them are mountain guides and mountaineering
teachers in Chile with broad experience in Europe,
Andes, Himalaya, EE.UU., South America, Patagonia and
Canada. The permit belongs to the Chilean
expedition. [They are not sharing with others groups
or climbers.] Ang Nuro will be the Sherpa leader and
he will organize everything about sherpas and
logistics. Sirdar will be Fura Sherpa. It's very probable
they are going to use oxygen in the high camps.
objective is to climb Mount Everest by Normal Southeast ridge route. They
departed on March, 21st from
Santiago and arrived in Katmandu on March, 24th. They
spend one week in this city, buying food, ropes
and the typical stuff. On March, 31st they flew to
Lukla and then, walking to Namche Bazar, the last
village before Everest Base Camp.
they succeed, they will be the first Chilean and South American
women to reach the Summit of Everest. But, I think
it's important to say it's the first female expedition
ever to try Mount Everest." Rodrigo Fica
group, is essentially the same which succeeded in
climbing Cho Oyu two year ago. That time,
Cristina Prieto was the first South American woman to
climb an 8.000 peak.
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