Second Hungarian expedition on Everest
The Hungarian Millennium Mount Everest Expedition
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
The route: the
North normal route, without oxygen and Sherpas.
Camps: BC and ABC, camp 1 at 7000 and camp 2 at 7800
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.
second Hungarian expedition have already reached their
camp 2 at 7800, and returned to the ABC.
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
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:
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
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.