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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 6/07/2001: "On the 23rd May 2001 at 8am, the Chilean Ladies Everest Expedition arrived on the summit of the planet's highest mountain. The summit was conquered by 5 of the 7 team members - Patricia Soto, Cristina Prieto, Vivianne Cuq, Philippe Reuter and Christian Cuq. 

At 8400 meters, Anrea Munoz was forced to turn round, accompanied  by Francisco Medine, due to respiratory problems. The same day she had to go down to Camp 2 to recover.

The attempt was realized from Camp 4 on the South Col at 7985 meters. The whole expedition (4 women and 3 men) left together at 22.00hrs on the 22nd May. After a long climb over mixed ground, the team arrived at the summit at about 8am in very windy. cold and cloudy conditions. 

Owing to the weather conditions, the group only stayed for about 10 or 15 minutes. During this time they took photos to document this historic occasion, even though most of their equipment wouldn't work due to the intense cold. 

The expedition left Santiago on the 21st March and will return on the 7th June. Arrival at base camp was on the 7th April and they left for good on the 28th May.

Four high camps were established - camp 1 at 6100 meters, camp 2 (Advanced Base Camp) at 6400m, Camp 3 (7200m) and Camp 4 at 7985m. 

The make-up of the expedition was as follows:

Andrea Muρoz Salcedo
Patricia Soto Bσrquez
Cristina Prieto Overeem
Vivianne Cuq Maggi (Expedition leader)
Christian Cuq Maggi
Phillipe Reuter Bourgeaux
Francisco Medina Schlotterbeck

The expedition was organized by the Italian Alpine Club, Chilean division
(Giorgio Cattoni - President)

The highlights of the expedition are

   First Chilean and S. American women to summit Everest.
   First Chilean expedition to get more than 70% of its members to the top.
   First Chilean expedition led by a woman.
   First brother and sister to get to the summit on the same day (Christian and Vivianne)
   Second time in history that more than one woman of the same nationality has stood on the summit at the same time.

Vivianne Cuq."

Translated by Adrian Sutton For full dispatches in Spanish see there site here.    

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