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 Everest Spring 2000

EverestNews.com attempts to cover most climbers on Everest in one way or another. This page has specific links that EverestNews.com will feature dispatches from or receive News on from them or their sources. EverestNews.com news is listed on the Daily News and Notes Page. Check our News page everyday for the latest News from Everest.

Some of the Expeditions EverestNews.com will be working with this Spring are listed below:

Featured Expeditions:

South Side

1.) A private American expedition: www.everestcleanup.com   2000 Everest Environmental

A team of eight climbers and over 20 Sherpas will climb to Camp 4 on Everest this spring to attempt to bring down hundreds of discarded oxygen bottles and tons of trash left by other climbers in the past.

The climbers will also attempt to summit Everest.

Members include Robert Chang, Expedition leader Robert Hoffman of Belmont, CA, (his fourth expedition to Everest), Deputy Expedition leader is Robert Boice of San Francisco. The expedition trek leader is Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the son of one of the first Everest summiteers, Tenzing Norgay. In addition, Sherman Bull, 62, of Stamford, CT, is a physician member.

The lead Sherpa is Appa Sherpa.

2.) Canadian climber Byron Smith and his all Canadian Expedition: www.cbc.ca/everest2000

The 39-year-old who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba plans his second attempt on Everest beginning in March 2000. Byron grew up in Calgary and now lives in Vulcan, Alberta with his son Zachary and wife Jamie. Byron Smith owns and runs a car dealership in Vulcan and trains up to two and a half hours a day, six days a week to keep in climbing shape. He will be one of the strongest climbers on the mountain EverestNews.com is told by other veteran Everest climbers.

His Expedition Everest 2000 has contracted Science Alberta Foundation to develop a multidisciplinary education program for Canadian students. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will participate in a virtual field trip to the "Top of the World." Teachers will appreciate the easy access to relevant, prepackaged lesson plans and activities. Students will enjoy the innovative, hands-on format of the Everest 2000 activities. Each group of lessons will include geography, science, mathematics, language arts, and physical education activities. This education program appears to be one of the best ever offered.

This year Byron will lead the expedition supported by Everest Veteran Tim Rippel, from Nelson British Columbia as his cameraman and fellow climber. The Expedition will film Byron on his attempt in what is hoped will be one of the better films to be made on the South Side of Everest. Byron will have 12 Sherpa climbers from Asian Trekking on his expedition supporting the many activities. This expedition promises to be one of the main featured expeditions in 2000 with many educational opportunities.

3.) Asian-Trekking supporting the Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition 2000

The group consists of four women climbers, Lakpa Sherpa, Mingma Yangzi Sherpa, Dawa Yangzi Sherpa and Dolma Sherpa. Only one Nepalese woman has reached the Summit of Everest. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa died descending after reaching the Summit on 4/22/93. The Expedition was organized with Mrs. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa as the expedition leader supported by a strong male Sherpa team of male climbers including the great Sonam Tshering Sherpa who gave his life trying to save Mrs. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa from death.

Lakpa Sherpa is the Expedition leader of the "Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition 2000" and brother of Chhiring Sherpa, who has reached the Summit of Everest 4 times. Four climbers from Asian trekking will support this attempt. Two of which (at least), EverestNews.com is told will be climbers who have previously reached the Summit of Everest.

4.) A young American climber Saeed Toossi who was born in Iran:  www.everestdream.com

Saeed has his own independent Expedition to Everest in Spring 2000. EverestNews.com, frankly knew little to nothing about this climber. Therefore, we asked others and himself. Here is what he told us:

"I was born in Tehran/Iran in 1959. I started my climbing activities when I was 14 years old in the North of Tehran. Started college in Iran in 1979. Government closed down universities in 1982. Left Iran in 1983 to come to the US to continue my education. Completed my BS in Computer Science at West Chester University in 1988. Started to work in the field and completed my MS in Software Engineering at Penn State University in 1991. Got back in to climbing again in 1993. My full climbing background is on my site under Experience summary page. "

I do live in the Washington D.C. Northern Virginia area and work as a Network Engineer.

5.) An experienced Danish Expedition: Thrane & Thrane sponsorship of the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition

In the Spring of year 2000 the satellite communication company, Thrane & Thrane, is sponsoring the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition. The expedition named ‘BigE – Thrane & Thrane Danish Everest Expedition 2000’ - will leave for the Himalayas on March 27th and attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest in May. All eight members of the BigE-expedition are among the most experienced Danish climbers with significant mountaineering experience. Leader of the expedition and team doctor is Henrik Jessen Hansen. Henrik Jessen Hansen has been on five earlier expeditions to the Himalayas, including one to Mount Everest in 1996. This year was a disastrous year at Mount Everest with numerous casualties. As a result, Henrik Jessen Hansen had to give up his personal attempt to reach the summit. Instead Henrik Jessen Hansen established the world highest located emergency hospital, where he performed important and needed rescue help.

Thrane & Thrane has previously sponsored other mountaineering expeditions, including expeditions to Mt. Everest in 1996 and Gasherbrum I in Pakistan in 1998. However, the sponsorship of the BigE-expedition is by far the company’s biggest sponsorship investment. The main objective of the BigE-sponsorship is to present Thrane & Thrane as a leading-edge satellite communications company and to demonstrate Thrane & Thrane product superiority and reliability under extreme conditions. In particular in regard to Thrane & Thrane’s most recent product innovation within satellite communication, the Capsat Messenger (the M4 terminal). The BigE-expedition will bring along the Capsat Messenger as its primary communication unit and Thrane & Thrane is confident that the Capsat Messenger will perform trouble-free.

On the BigE-expedition Thrane & Thrane is represented by director Lars Thrane and electronic engineer, Jan Mathorne. Their participation in the expedition gives Thrane & Thrane a first-hand experience of the Capsat Messenger’s quality and reliability. In addition, it demonstrates Thrane & Thrane’s unique company spirit. Thrane & Thrane attracts some of the best electronic engineers and creative minds in the business and the people who work at Thrane & Thrane strive to push back the limits and reach new heights.

The BigE-expedition and its progress can be followed at Thrane & Thrane’s website: http://www.tt.dk/everest/intro.html

EverestNews.com friend Bo Belvedere Christensen will also be part of this expedition. Bo has been part of many expeditions to 8000 meter peaks including the Everest 1996 Expedition. This expedition is planning a South Pillar Route see: http://www.tt.dk/everest/hq_rute.html

6.) A Spanish Everest Expedition: Everest 2000 www.lacenet.org You will need to Join (in upper left hand corner)

A South Side Expedition with many experienced climbers including expeditions to Manaslu (1991), Makalu (1976), Everest (1983 and 1985), Lothse (1980), Annapurna IV (1979), Disthgil Sar (1982), Saipal (1985), Makalu (1988 and 1990), K2 (1995). The Spanish were very successful in 95 on K2 as you can see on our K2 Summits page sumk2.htm.  

The Cooperative Telematic Project, 'From Montserrat to Mount Everest', consists in the educational accompaniment, through a virtual expedition, of the real mountaineering team that will try to climb to the top of Mount Everest in May 2000, sponsored mainly by the Caixa de Manresa and La Vanguardia.

Using the Internet, we will propose different activities in order to bring everyone closer to this expedition and to show its main characteristics, how it is planned, and the challenge it presents for its members. We'll also consider the Himalayan region, its people, their way of life, etc.

"Project LaceNet" was born two years ago, with the goal of introducing the Central Catalonian educational centers to the Internet. In the first edition, we carried out the project "Discover the Bages County", and in the second, we offered a "Virtual trip to Antarctica", in which Argentinian schools participated. In the current school year (99-00), we are presenting "From Montserrat to Mount Everest". This is a project addressed to the Bages County, Spain and the international public. The project is sponsored by the Fundació caixaManresa and has the support of European SchoolNet and I*EARN-Pangea.

This expedition has many plans. Please check out their many pages. Make sure you find the Activities page. Many educational activities for students. Activities will be available on the project website from January 1, 2000 until the middle of the following June. As for educational centers, teachers will be able to define the length and rhythm of their classes' participation and individual participation. For everyone there will be some activities that continue for the life of the project and others that have a limited time frame.

7.) Jagged Globe, Featured Expedition

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe in Spring 2000. Jagged Globe was founded by Steve Bell. Steve has more than 20 years of mountaineering experience including winter ascents of the north faces of the Eiger and Matterhorn. He claims "Britain's first guided expedition to an 8,000m peak and was the first Briton to lead clients to the summit of Everest." He has climbed all of the continental summits and is a fully qualified UIAGM mountain guide.

Steve and Jagged Globe are known as one of the best guiding companies in the world. Some think the Best.

This year's expedition will be lead by Australian guide, Andrew Lock (having been on two previous Everest expeditions and reached the Summit of K2), supported by Tim Bird. Tim has led expeditions for Jagged Globe for many years including successful trips to Elbrus, Stok Kangri, Mera and Island Peak, Aconcagua and Gasherbrum II. A highly regarded professional instructor (MIC), Tim directs their Scottish Winter Courses, and provides their UK technical support for training and advice to all their group expeditions licensed through the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. They are using the same Sherpa team as last year.

This is another international team, comprising:  Jack Culley (UK), Joe Wolf (USA), Jeff Magee (UK), David Spencer (UK), Curt Peterson (USA), Timothy Gregg (USA) , Paul Giorgio (USA).

Joe Wolf hopes to complete his 7 Summits and to be the oldest summiter this season - he's 61 in March!

Simon Lowe, one of their most experienced leaders having led successful expeditions to Everest. Simon is Jagged Globe's Operations Director.

Check them out at :http://www.jagged-globe.co.uk/

They leave on March 23th to attempt the South East ridge of Everest.

8.) Andalucia Everest 2000: 

EverestNews.com will publish their reports in English. Their reports in Spanish, pictures, and more will be on http://www.deporteandaluz.com/everest.htm

9.) Asian-Trekking: Anna Czerwinska (Poland), and Bill Zachary climbing independently.

10.) Adventure Consultants Ltd - High Altitude Expeditions featuring Guy Cotter  http://www.adventure.co.nz

Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition 2000

Expedition Leader - Guy Cotter (NZ)
Guide - David Hiddleston (NZ)
Climber - Andy Hebson (USA)
Climber - Yukimitsu Okubo (JAPAN)
Climbing Sirdar - Ang Dorje Sherpa
Expedition Sirdar - Ang Tshering Sherpa
Expedition Doctor - Dr. Jim Litch and Dr. Rachel Bishop

11.) Jeffrey Warden

A lone climber from Canadian attempts the Summit from the South Side. His name is Jeffrey Warden, and he is from Winnipeg Canada. Below is a picture of him:


Click on the his picture for a much larger size...


12.) Hugo returns to Everest

During the spring of 2000, our expedition will return to Mount Everest, after two successful summits to the top of the world (1997 and 1999), with the purpose that Babu Chiri Sherpa, our Sirdar Sherpa, will establish a new world record of speed climbing the summit and Hugo Rodriguez will become the first Mexican man to achieve three ascents to Mount Everest.

However, our mission is not just exclusively the sportive challenge implied but to promote a new conscience of common effort. We will be doing some events supporting Ecology -like doing a partial cleaning at Mount Everest- and we will be also working on a medical scientific project in order to study how does extreme heights affects the immunological and cardiovascular systems, as well as the energetic metabolism. Their web site is: http://www.everest2000.net 

13.) Never did like 13, can't have a 13th expedition....

14.) Gabriel Filippi with Babu Chiri Sherpa

An air-traffic manager based in Iqaluit is planning to scale the heights of Mount Everest. Gabriel Filippi, 39, a mountain climber, would be the third Quebecer to ascend the world's highest peak.

The highest peak Filippi has attained in a quarter-century of climbing has been Argentina's Mount Aconcagua, an altitude of 6,962 meters. He has not attempted any 8000 meter peak before.

The expedition will be led by Babu Chiri Sherpa, of Nepal, and will include three- four Mexican climbers. The first Quebecer to reach the top of Everest was Yves Laforest, in 1991. Last year, Bernard Voyer became the second Quebecer to do so.

Filippi left for Everest yesterday ! EverestNews.com spoke with him by phone. " I am very excited with so many things to do".

Babu Chiri Sherpa who established the world record by spending 21 hours on the summit of Mount Everest without auxiliary oxygen in the Spring of 1999. He has already summited Mount Everest 9 times and this year, he will attempt to reach the Base Camp from the summit in 16 hours, which would be a record time!

T-shirts ! for sale http://www.everesty2k.com/en.html

His web site: http://www.everesty2k.com/

15.) Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:

The four-member team, the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000, say they are not peak happy. Technically, they are highly skilled. Mentally, they are driven by passion, but they won't take unnecessary risks just to make the summit. Team leader Ben Webster, 36, said he wanted a team that would focus on the process during the lengthy Everest climb, and not just on the summit awaiting them. Physically and mentally, the team is prepared to greet Everest. With a variety of ascents tucked into the teams' climbing history, they have a lot of successful highlights to refer back to. However, the team does not have much H.A. experience. Webster exudes bountiful energy that seems to permeate to others around him. This added to his zest for mountaineering makes his natural leadership skills apparent.

In his 20 years as a professional adventure guide and instructor, Webster has filled his spare time with climbing, kayaking and snowboarding. Along with his summit of Africa's highest peak,  Kilimanjaro, Webster reached the peak of Mt Illiampu in Boliva at 20,000 feet. Also accredited to Webster is the first ascent of the Southwest Ridge of Mt. Thor in the Arctic Circle. In 1988 Webster achieved a winter ascent of Mt. Bhagirathi, located in India. With dozens of ascents stretching from the Alps and the Andes to the Himalayas and the Rockies, Webster, a Toronto native, is the leader of the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000.

His team members include Benoit Robitaille, Francois Bédard and Claude Bérubé, all members of the Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l'escalade (Quebec Federation of Mountains and Climbing.) Team member Bérubé, 45, of Lac St. Charles, Que. is well known in the climbing world. He is known for his technical expertise and a long list of impressive climbs. Bérubé was the first to summit the southwest pillar on Mt. Thor and the East Ridge on Mt. Mjolnir in Baffin Island. He is also known for his climbing Mt. McKinley in Alaska and Mt. Steele in the Yukon. He is owner of APIC, a company specializing in designing and building artificial climbing walls. Benoit Robitaille of Beauport, Que. has welcomed various climbing challenges throughout Quebec and the Canadian and American Rockies. Both he and team member Francois Bedard reached 19,550 feet on Mt. Logan and on 22,831 feet on Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina.

The climbers are accompanied by sports psychologist Sean Egan, who is studying the mental strain on the climbers, and Dr. Max Buxton, who will provide medical services at base camp.

You can get full details at the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000's official website -- http://www.canoe.ca/Everest/home.html

16.) Mountain Madness : Christine Boskoff - Expedition Leader and Peter Habeler. Also Check their page on EverestNews.com.

17.) The Millennium Seven Summits Expedition lead by Gavin Bate and John Barry. Check their page on EverestNews.com.


1.) Three Dutch Climbers Frits Vrijlandt, Steven Le Poole, and Joke Groenendaal: http://www.everest.home.nl/

Frits Vrijlandt and Steven Le Poole, will attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. When they succeed, they will be the first Dutchmen to do so.  Joke will keep you updated.

Frits Vrijlandt and Steven Le Poole will be part of a non-commercial British/Dutch expedition.

2.) A French Canadian Expedition: Everest Millénium www.everestmillenium.qc.ca

Four French Canadian Climbers take on Everest via the Tibet Side without the use of Sherpas or oxygen.

More information on them here.

3.) Retena Expedition Odyssey Everest 2000

Six Spanish climbers, will try to be first Expedition to reach the summit of Everest in 2000: Inaki Ochoa, Jose Mari Onate Perez, Koldo Aldaz, Carlos Pauner, Mikel Zabalza and Antonio Akerreta.  The expedition will not use oxygen and climb from the North Side.

This is an experienced team with climbers having 8000 meter experience.

4.) http://www.indiaeverest2000.com/

5.) Asian-Trekking: International Everest Expedition. A team which includes:

a. Studer Wilfried and wife (Austrians)

b. Per Bager and jeppe Stoltz (Denmark)

c. Gheorghe Dijmarescu (USA)

d. Hans Goger (Austria). 

6.) Monterosa Treks & Expedition P. LTD (Expedition Cancelled ! ).

7.) Dutch Panaroma Everest Expedition Leader: Hans van der Muelen.

8.) Risk has published their Spring Expeditions.

a.)  A Moscow expedition "Everest-2000", Everest from North Side, headed by Alexander Abramov.

b.)  An expedition "Everest -2000", from Krasnodar City, headed by Yuri Agafonov, coach - Ivan Aristov.

c.) An International expedition on Everest from North Side, headed by Viacheslav Skripko.

News from

9.) Qomolangma 2000 JEN Expedition North Ridge Spring 2000

North Ridge Spring 2000 Leader Hiroshi Yashima

10.) Hosei University Qomolangma Expedition 2000

North Ridge Spring 2000: Leader Toshio Nakamura

11.) Hokkaido Everest Expedition 2000 North Ridge Spring 2000   only Japanese Leader Koichi Ezaki

12.) Ken Noguchi Everest Expedition 2000:

North East Ridge Spring 2000: Ken does not climb Everest this time. He goes for the cleaning of Everest, around 6000M-8000M. He is planning to get about 2 tons of garbage from the mountain. The main sponsor will be SONY CORP.

13.) Never did like 13, can't have a 13th expedition....

14.) AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE (Irvine & Mallory)

In Spring 2000, Juan Oiarzabal from Spain will head an expedition to emulate Mallory & Irvine's 1924 attempt on Everest. Juan is one of only 6 men to Summit all of the 14 8000 meter peaks. This expedition will film their climb while attempting to reproduce Mallory & Irvine's ascents. Juan and his expedition will attempt the same route as Mallory & Irvine without the use of bottled oxygen. Juan Oiarzabal is clearly one of the greatest H. A. climbers ever, gives this group hope and credibility.

The Expedition climbing members are: Juan Oiarzabal, Alberto Zeraín, Iñaki Querejeta, Ferrán Latorre, Juan Vallejo, Josu Bereciartua, Oscar Cadiach expedition members. (Spanish Spellings)

What is their Everest experience? Alberto Zerain climbed Everest (S Col) in May 1993. Oscar Cadiach climbed Everest in Aug 1985 (N Col route) and May 1993 (S Col). Juan Oiarzabal did the 14 8000m peaks between 1985 (Cho Oyu) and 1993 (Everest S Col with oxygen.).

This expeditions news will come from our sources in Spain, not directly from the mountain.

15.) The Germans and the Austrians: Chomolungma by fair means without oxygen.

In the German/Austrian tradition these climbers will attempt Everest from the North without oxygen and by fair means. The climbers are Bastel Haller, Gustav Weinberger, Dr, Jurgen Zapf, Barbara Hirschbichler, Rudi Roozen, Georg Simair, and Mag. Thomas Lammie. They will not have a sat phone but hopefully might get a few messages to us. 

16.) Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest.

Check their page on EverestNews.com.

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