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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
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
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!