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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. 

Update 4/9/01: Expedition Dispatch Summary

We have set up Base Camp for our expedition. Most of our supplies have arrived. We are listening to music, eating food cooked by Karsang and have taken a hot shower. This morning we had ours blessing ceremony, without which nobody dares to take a step in the mountain. During the nearly two hour ceremony we sang danced and prayed to the Sagarmatha Goddess to protect our expedition while we climb Everest. The ceremony also includes hanging flags, throwing toasted flour and rice to the sky, and to drink whiskey (a good reason why several members of the expedition had to stagger to sleep so soon after we finish the ceremony).

We are already working to get organized. Patty and I finished checking the gear and making sure the Sherpas climbers took gear to Camp 1.  We make our plan of acclimatization and assembly of the camps. Tomorrow our Sherpas climbers move on up the mountain. 

The history continues...

With affection, Cristina Prieto

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