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 The Second Hungarian expedition on Everest Autumn 2001

 

The Hungarian Millennium Mount Everest Expedition

(Page down for the earlier updates...)

The team: László Mécs, Zsolt Erőss, Koppány Keresztesi, Ágnes Bradács, Júlia Nedeczky, Huba Markos, Zoltán Kertész (climbers) and Sándor Gárdos, the doctor.

The route: the North normal route, without oxygen and Sherpas.

Camps: BC and ABC, camp 1 at 7000 and camp 2 at 7800

Update 10/1/2001: There are two Hungarian expeditions on the Everest these days. In addition to the Hungarian Explorer team (Everest Kangshung Face Expedition), there is a Hungarian expedition attempting the normal route on the North side of Everest. This is the expedition Brian McCullough talked about last week on EverestNews.com. 

This second Hungarian expedition have already reached their camp 2 at 7800, and returned to the ABC.

Update 10/18/2001: Summit push: the first attempt (in the first week of October) was unsuccessful due to the wrong weather. The second (and last) one started last weekend, they have one week to success. They form three teams. The members of the main team with the highest chance to succeed are: Zsolt, Laci and Koppány. The others will help them carrying gear for camp 3 (this means a single tent planned to build at 8300) and other necessary stuff. Only the two Hungarian teams are left on the Everest these days. Source Andras Vaczi

Update 10/24/2001: Sándor Gárdos, doc [doctor] of the HMMEE team, was dead after the team gave up the last summit push. During the descent with Koppány Keresztesi from camp 2 (at 7800), he made hand-signs and turned back to the camp. The wind blew at 150 kmh, so they couldn't talk to each other, so Koppány didn't know why Sándor turned back. And he didn't arrive to camp 1... The next day Huba Markos and Zsolt Erőss started looking for him. They've found his backpack and ski-sticks at around 7500, then his body laying on a glacier at 6400. He was buried there, at the foot of the Everest. Source: Andras Vaczi

Update 11/6/2001: According to an e-mail from Zsolt Erőss, a member of HMMEE team, we know a bit more about the accident of Sándor Gárdos. Zsolt and Huba Markos were those who started to look for the doctor. They found his backpack, ski-stick and axe only at a height of about 7800 meters. The next day, they found himself laying on the glacier, and a part of a new tent (with no poles). These facts suggest that the doc wanted to set up a tent up there, to stay in it until the weather got better, and "the roof of the tent was blown off the mountain (unfortunately, together with the doc) by the wind."

Koppány Keresztesi, the mate of the doc during the descent, got severe frost-injuries on his right hand, so they returned to Kathmandu as fast as it was possible. There a physician saw him. This is this in Hungarian, since he graduated in Hungary. Koppány is now in Budapest, the others will arrive back on 8 November. András

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