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 World Summit's Everest 2001 North Ridge Expedition

 

The majestic Mount Everest with an altitude of 8,848 meters is located in the middle section of the Himalayas in southern Tingri County of Tibet. Its perpetually snowcapped peak is truly spectacular with many glaciers and sharp ice precipices. The mountain, together with its many sister peaks (4 above 8,000 meters and 38 above 7,000 meters) are known as the third Pole on Earth. It takes 4 days to trek from the old Tingri to the Base Camp. Near the Base Camp is the reconstructed monastery of Rongbuk. The view of Everest from here is perhaps the most fantastic among all. The valleys on this side of Everest are unusual in the sense that they are gentle and sloping rather than steep, rugged slopes found on the other faces.

The glaciers on this side are also different since they are not wrought with impassable crevasses, nor do they tumble in steep icefalls. A well acclimatized and strong team may well be able to go on to the mountaineering base camp beyond the Rongbuk base camp. Personally I would rate the North face of Everest as being the most beautiful and spectacular; with its 5km high wall of rock and ice rising from the Rongbuk glacier. It must be seen to be believed.

In Spring of 2001, World Summit's Everest North Ridge Expedition Team will attempt to Summit Everest by first establishing Base camp on the Rongbuk glacier near the end of the mountain road. An intermediate camp will be placed between base and advanced base camp to help with load carries. Advanced base camp (ABC) will be placed at the base of the North Col (6450). Camp 1 will be established on the North Col at 7000m. Camp 2 will be placed on the North West ridge of the mountain at 7800m. Camp 3 is where we will attempt the summit from. This camp is at an altitude of 8300 meters close to the "First step". All summit bids will be made from this camp. Once the climb is completed we will attempt to remove all camps, ropes and rubbish from the mountain. This is not set in stone and the expedition will be organized on the ground by the Leader. 

The expedition leader, Ian Roberts, will be supported by high altitude Sherpa climbers, hand-picked from our past very experienced Nepal based team. Most of these Sherpas climbers will have been to the summit of Everest before. Safety is paramount and will govern all decisions made on the mountain. Each member of the team will need to be very experienced at high altitude and be able to look after themselves. This will be a "back to basics expedition", we will provide all the facilities that you will require at base camp and on the hill, however we do not want to siege the mountain. Climbers will have to carry loads and be part of the team. It will not be a case of the support team and the climbers, it will be a true team effort to help each other to reach the summit.

Mark Lewis Director World Summits Ltd

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