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Everest South Side Expedition: Everest 50
The fiftieth anniversary expedition. (French)


 Current Nepal Time

Friday May 23rd , 2003 - morning

Thanks Chomolangma! Along with Patrick Berhault it is all the team of Everest50 which reaches the summit of Everest. He left a little before midnight from camp IV at the South col (8.000 m), Patrick Berhault arrived at 6h30 at the summit. Under the conditions of wind met, six hours and half of ascent for 850m of uneven, it is exceptional at this altitude. Jean-Michel Asselin, leader of the Everest50 expedition confirms it this morning from the base camp: "It was under terrible conditions, with gusts of wind of more than 80 km/h; 6h30, it is in theory the time of the descent for the return to camp IV, not that of the ascent! And alone moreover! The Sherpas did not manage to follow him. Patrick already joined the South col and he is awaited this evening at the base camp. Here, it is the outburst of joy! At the top, Patrick took the time to telephone with his usual phlegm: “Hello, Jean-Mi, this is Patrick. Everything is all right, I am at the summit. Well, I have to hang up now because the wind turns very violent and I am in a quite tight slope. See you soon”.

Patrick Gabarrou, Hugues d' Aubarède, Nicolas Mugnier and Eric Loizeau left at the same time. Patrick Gabarrou (without oxygen) lost a crampon in Balcony near the 8.500m and decided to turn back with Hugues d' Aubarède who was at his second attempt in three days. Eric Loizeau and Nicolas Mugnier are always on the edge and we await their news. From the base camp they announce the success of two indo-Nepalese mountaineers.

Tonight, few climbers left for few successes at the top; the conditions were really random. Exploit to be confirmed: the Sherpa Pemba Dorje would have signed a time record of ascent in 12h 45 minutes from the base camp (5.300m) to the summit. Mythical! From camp IV, Brice Lequertier joined with ski Aude and Philippe at camp II under rather extreme conditions: the slopes of Lhotsé are in ice and only a band of snow of 4m of width makes it possible to move on skis. Basile is on his way by feet to the base camp.

And as the good news never comes alone, it was probably the night of the mountain in Nepal: Jean-Christophe Lafaille hangs its ninth top of more than 8.000m with Dhaulagiri in solo and without oxygen!

Friday May 23, 2003 - 10h50

Triplet! After Patrick Berhault, Eric Loizeau and Nicolas Mugnier are also summiteers of the Everest. Eric is at camp IV and Nicolas just behind him, he is near the 8.400m. They were very cold, but they arrived there. At base camp it is the euphoria!

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