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Latest News: Summary: The
expedition reached home yesterday with 2 summits..
The final results are:
1) Alar Sikk (the first
Estonian on the top) on 22 May.
2) Saulius Vilius (the second
Lithuanian after Vlad Vitkauskas, 1993) on 22 May.
Ivar Lai reached about 8550
m, just below the second step on 23 May.
Raivo Plumer reached about
7500-7600 during acclimatization period, other members reached about 7100 m.
The two Sherpas went up to 8300 m on 22 May.
Alar (37) and Saulius (32)
were the two least experienced and the youngest members of the expedition.
Alar ran out of oxygen just on the top of the mountain and he descended
without supplementary oxygen.
Everest North Side - Estonian national
expedition Alar Sikk (37) became the
first Estonian to reach the summit of Mount Everest on 22 May (at 15 local
Saulius Vilius (a Lithuanian) was another
member of the expedition to reach the top. Ivar Lai was ready for summit bid
on 23 May at 8300 m camp, but was not able to ascend due to bad weather
conditions. The three men are descending now to the ABC.
Ulo Suursaar on the basis of Raivo Plumer
Among the first expeditions
in the Rongbuk base camp there is a lightweight Estonian expedition. They
arrived at BC on 29 March. So far no Estonian (a nation of one million) has
scaled Mt. Everest. However, the expedition members have already climbed Cho
Oyu 8201 m (1998, 5 summiteers), Broad Peak Rocky Summit in Pakistan (2001, 2
members), Pik Kommunizma, Pik Lenina, Khan Tengri, Acongagua, Mc Kinley,
Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, etc. The team members are: Toivo Sarmet (expedition
leader), Raivo Plumer (ascent leader), Margus Proos, Ivar Lai, Boriss
Slepikovski, Alar Sikk, Rein Loik, Saulius Vilius (a Lithuanian), and Tonis
Lepik (a cameraman). The lightweight expedition has 2 high-altitude porters
and a small BC kitchen crew. The climbers reached ABC (advanced base camp,
just beneath the North Col, 6450 m) on 3 April, stayed there to acclimatise
for 3 nights and are now resting at the base camp. The planned summit days are
between 5 and 15 May. The above is based on Raivo
Plumer phone calls from Rongbuk.....
Update 5/9/2003: First
Estonian Mt. Everest Expedition, North Side: Raivo Plumer phone calls from
Tomorrow (9 May) we start to
move up again. The first task is find out, what equipment we have in the camps
and what is lost in the storm. We have already completed 3 acclimatization
climbs above the Base Camp: to the ABC (6450 m, 3-5 April), North Col (7000 m,
17- 18 April) and up to the 7600 m camp (29-30 April). At 7600 m we (Raivo,
Alar and Saulius) pitched two tents, slept there and left some equipment. Due
to storm winds we were not able to continue up to establish the 8300 m camp.
Incredibly strong jetstream blew and virtually everybody escaped from the
mountain. Even in the BC (5200 m) wind velocity of 38 m/s was measured.
The storm destroyed many
tents in the BC as well as probably in the ABC. However, reportedly several
tents remained intact on the North Col, as the camp was relatively well
sheltered. The 12 tents pitched at 7600 m are probably all blown away.
Virtually every expedition here is in shortage of tents, sleeping bags and
other equipment. It seems, that our final summit push should be done in alpine