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 Chilean Women Everest 2001 Expedition

First South American Women Expedition to Mount Everest

Four 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. 

All 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. 

The 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. 

"If 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

This 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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