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