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 February 16-28th,1999 Daily Reports

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Daily News: 2/28/99 Report

  • Makalu 98: Jeanne Panek, who was on Makalu in 1998 has just recently published her web site. Her home page is http://www-cbe2.ced.berkeley.edu/panek/. Her Makalu page is:   http://www-cbe2.ced.berkeley.edu/panek/makalu1.htm. When asked about her web site, she told EverestNews.com, " I just put the site together to share my experience on Makalu with friends. I'm glad you like it so much! Thanks. " EverestNews.com asked Jeanne, so what's next ? " Climbing plans are limited to the Fall, after my research field season (May-September) in the forests of the Sierra. This Fall I'm leading a trip to Ama Dablam, which I had a great view of from Makalu and fell in love with it.  I'll be spending whatever free time I have between now and then in the Sierra, backcountry skiing and climbing.  Thanks again for your interest! "  Best, Jeanne
  • Jeanne seems like a real nice person. The type of climber we love to give some press too ! Make sure you check her reflections on the Makalu trek. A great Sunday read and it's free ! http://www-cbe2.ced.berkeley.edu/panek/reflecti.htm. If you like her site as much as we did some of you might want to drop her a line wishing her good luck ! Jeanne's web site is our EverestNews.com web site of the week. Submit your favorites web sites to everestnews2004@adelphia.net !
  • EverestNews.com feature books are some New Titles on K2: High : Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 (Extreme Adventure) -- Clint Willis (Editor); Paperback, Thin Air : Encounters in the Himalayas; Greg Child, Doug Scott and On Belay! : The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt; Raye Carleson Ringholz. 

Daily News: 2/27/99 Report

  • Makalu Spring 99, News from Gary Pfisterer & Ginette Harrison ! (and Brigitte Muir !): Three members of the climbers who has done the seven summits.

" Ginette is just off to France today.  She has been nominated for the Piolet D'Or  award (golden ice axe) given each year for the most significant climbing achievement  of the year.  She was nominated for her first female ascent of Kangchenjunga by the north face.  This was the last of the 8000ers to be climbed by a woman.

Yes, Brigitte Muir is on our team for Makalu.  It promises to be a strong team with eight of the twelve members having prior Himalayan experience. It is a non-guided and non-commercial expedition.  We will be attempting the Northwest Ridge.  We do not use high altitude porters or bottled oxygen on our expeditions.

We began assembling our own teams to climb peaks we wanted to attempt in a style that we liked.  We are planning climbs to Dhaulagiri Northeast Ridge in the fall of 1999 and to K 2 Abruzzi Ridge in summer 2000. " Cheers, Gary Pfisterer

Daily News: 2/26/99 Report

  • Everest Spring 99: Pete Athans, a North Face climber and one of the best climbers American has, will be back on Everest In Spring 99, as reported earlier here on EverestNews.com. Our present understanding is that with Pete will be Charles Corfield and Bill Crouse.  Bill is a North Face representative. He attempted Lhotse in 97 unsuccessfully.  He used to be a guide. Charles in one of the more high profile people on Everest. Charles Corfield, a Cambridge University trained mathematician, has a engineering background. In 1986 Corfield co-founded Frame Technology, a leading desktop publishing software company, which was sold to Adobe Systems in 1995. Corfield currently holds various board positions, serving on the board of VIP Calling, Inc. and the advisory boards of OnDemand, Inc., Tumbleweed Corp., and Jump Software. Charles Corfield also serves on the board of directors of Cambridge University. Yes, he is one of the rich guys on Everest. We understand this expedition will be called the North Face Ltd. Expedition and will do some filming for the National Geo. on the South Side this Spring. Hopefully, we will learn more details. It appear Pete is actually the only North Face climber on THIS expedition.
  • There is at least one other North Face climber (Willie Benegas) on the OTT Expedition led by Jon Tinker, which is the huge expedition this year on Everest's South Side. More on Willie Soon ! (Great News !!!)
  • Please check out the Erik Weihenmayer page ! Erik is back and his answers to Your questions which will be posted this weekend. Erik is a very interesting climber and person. The staff at EverestNews.com highly encourages You to read this information on his page. He is truly "One of a Kind"
  • EverestNews.com feature books are some New Titles on K2: High : Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 (Extreme Adventure) -- Clint Willis (Editor); Paperback, Thin Air : Encounters in the Himalayas; Greg Child, Doug Scott and On Belay! : The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt; Raye Carleson Ringholz. 

Daily News: 2/25/99 Report

  • Everest Spring 99 We are getting excited ! More News:
  • EverestNews.com will begin our climbers list with a list of climbers for each expedition on the mountain... More on other climbers plans every day.
  • EverestNews.com Site index has been updated with several stories from the last month. The Everest links has also been moved to the site index, hopefully making it easier to find 99, 98 Autumn, 98 Spring Everest , and K2 links...
  • The IMAX Everest video will finally be available for shipping on March 30 !  Everest (IMAX) (1998) -- Everest; VHS  !
  • Don't pay some Mark-Up Buy your Books, Goods and Gear on EverestNews.com and Save !

Daily News: 2/24/99 Report

  • Everest Spring 99: EverestNews.com is preparing every day for Everest 99. Everest 99 should be an event with several movies being produced along with the usual large numbers of climbers. EverestNews.com senses we will have a larger number of experienced climbers on the South Side in 99. Therefore, EverestNews.com figures it is time to tell You a little more about our reporting plans for 99. EverestNews.com will have several climbers and expeditions reporting in, some on and some off the record.
  • Several have asked how EverestNews.com does this. It is a good question. A Question we are still trying to figure out ! Presently, EverestNews.com is primarily  supported by other investment ventures by the company. Some revenue dollars from sponsors are obtained that help to off set some of the bills for the site. The entire staff is paid from other projects, and basically volunteers their time to EverestNews.com. The staff loves EverestNews.com. It is so much more interesting than posting classified ads for car sales or other things we might do with our day. EverestNews.com hopes before May 99 to secure sponsors to assist with EverestNews.com. You can help EverestNews.com by purchasing you products, books, gear, office supplies etc. from the sponsors on EverestNews.com !!!
  • On Expeditions: EverestNews.com, as always, plans to cover all climbers ! all expeditions ! From the Sherpas, to the Czechs, to the Americans, and hopefully will obtain a source for the Chinese !!! We have several arrangements to work with several expeditions in 1999. However, EverestNews.com never pays for the News. We feel that crosses the line. Obviously, expeditions that provides reports on or off the record to EverestNews.com will receive more press on the site, simply by us knowing more about what they are doing, and usually EverestNews.com referring our readers (You !) to their web site for more details. EverestNews.com also attempts to work with all web sites and all climbers who don't have web sites to bring you all the News. On expeditions that give exclusive reports to a commercial site, EverestNews.com will not focus unless an arrangement is made with that commercial site, so as not to get into their "space". EverestNews.com will report when their climbers (assuming we know) reach the summit and any other events that would seem to need reported.
  • On Deaths: EverestNews.com, as usual, plans are to hold deaths until we are notified that the families are notified (usually they contact us) or until after the death (s) have been reported by other sites.
  • Back to the News on Thursday !
  • Everest Expeditions Links are now indexed on the Site Index !

Daily News: 2/23/99 Report

  • Everest 2000 !

    In May, 2000, Byron Smith will summit Mount Everest, accompanied by 4,500,000 Canadian school children and their families. The Science Alberta Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta & N.W.T., the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto Sun newspapers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation and Byron Smith invite you to be a Sponsor in this exciting, Internet-based education program.

    For more information on Byron's expedition See Everest 2000. Byron is looking for more sponsors to get involved, let us know if you have an interest. It will be an Event this time !

    For those of you just interested in Everest, EverestNews.com feels you will find Byron's write up interesting. It gives you an idea the planning behind an expedition of this type.

  • EverestNews.com feature books are some New Titles on K2: High : Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 (Extreme Adventure) -- Clint Willis (Editor); Paperback, Thin Air : Encounters in the Himalayas; Greg Child, Doug Scott and On Belay! : The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt; Raye Carleson Ringholz. 

Daily News: 2/22/99 Report

  • EverestNews.com Classified Ads are finally here. They are a work in progress with several more ads to submit in the next several days...and improvements to be added. Please tolerate us as this addition is tested to see where it evolves.
  • Everest Spring 99: EverestNews.com plans something a little new this Spring. Over the next several days and weeks EverestNews.com will attempt to bring you a look at what it is like to be on a Everest North Side (Tibet) ABC trek. We would expect to be conclude this "look" before the climbers start their treks... depending on how it is received EverestNews.com will decide whether to head more in that direction.
  • Everest Spring 99: EverestNews.com is hearing that the Danish climber Michael Strynoe will be back on Everest in Spring 1999. It appears a few climbers are changing teams and making final decisions as things sort out for Spring Everest 99.
  • Some more New Titles/Editions for You: A Deathful Ridge : A Novel of Everest  by Andy Wainwright, J. A. Wainwright ; Annapurna, First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak : (26,493 Feet)  by Maurice Herzog, Nea Morin (Translator), Janet Adam Smith (Translator), Shipton. 

Daily News: 2/21/99 Report

  • Everest Spring 99: On the Lighter Side, we have been researching "Renata", Goran Kropp's girl friend...who reportedly will be attempting Everest this year from the South Side.

    We found she is a Swedish woman, and has the claim of the first Swedish woman above 8000 meters without the use of bottled Oxygen when she attempted Shisha Pangma in 1997 with Goran and French climber Cyril Destremau. We found little else except that she helps manages Groan Company.

    And Yes she has an last name: Chlumska.

  • On Goran, we receive continued request for information. We think because of the many stories about his climb in 1996. It should be noted, Goran reached the summit of K2 before 1996, and has lead several expeditions. The theory that he is a poor single climber is far from the truth. A marketing machine might be a bigger summary. His web site is listed on the web site of the week page.
  • EverestNews.com feature books are some New Titles on K2: High : Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 (Extreme Adventure) -- Clint Willis (Editor); Paperback, Thin Air : Encounters in the Himalayas; Greg Child, Doug Scott and On Belay! : The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt; Raye Carleson Ringholz. 

Daily News: 2/20/99 Report

  • Sounds like Jamie Clarke, less than halfway through their journey, these Canadian adventurers traveling through the desert are feeling the strain of the heat and desert. The Empty Quarter of Arabia -- a huge sand desert that extends through Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- is still ahead.  Check out at www.alwaysadventure.net . His other web site is  www.jamieclarke.com. Jamie reached the Summit of Everest in Spring 1997 on his second attempt at Everest. They are posting updates regularly via sat phone to the Web site.
  • Some more New Titles/Editions for You:

A Deathful Ridge : A Novel of Everest  by Andy Wainwright, J. A. Wainwright

Annapurna, First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak : (26,493 Feet)
by Maurice Herzog, Nea Morin (Translator), Janet Adam Smith (Translator), Shipton

Daily News: 2/19/99 Report

  • Everest Spring 99 will soon be here ! Most climbers are making preparations to leave with many climbers making acclimatization treks to Gokyo and other areas.
  • Enrique Guallart-Furio ! "I will depart to Nepal next February 27th arriving Kathmandu 28th. I will make  an acclimatization trek to Gokyo and Kala Pattar areas during 20 days. With this trek I will be well acclimatize before I arrive to Everest base camp. I made a poster of with the words Everest-News to make a picture with it in Everest !!!. " Enrique
  • The Ang Dorjee Sherpa Page is up ! (Official name is Chuldim) although is popularly known as Ang Dorje.  He has climbed:

    1992 Spring Summit of Mt. Everest via South Col
    1993 Spring Summit of Mt. Everest via South Col
    1994 Spring Summit of Mt. Everest via South Col
    1995 Autumn Summit of Mt. Cho Oyu (Tibet)
    1996 Spring Summit of Mt. Everest with Rob Hall
    1996 Autumn Summit of Mt. Cho Oyu (Tibet)
    1996 Summer (August) Summit of Broad Peak (Pakistan)
    1996 Autumn Summit of Mt. Ama Dablam (SW Ridge)
    1997 Spring Summit of Mt. Everest via South Col

    Yes, that is five summits of Everest !

    Ang Dorje will be climbing on Everest from Nepal in April '99 with Enrique Guallart-Furio.

    He will then go to Norway in the Summer to do some guiding work there.

    Check the page for a Picture of Ang Dorjee Sherpa with his friend Enrique Guallart-Furio in his house in Pangboche (Solu Khumbu-Nepal).

  • EverestNews.com feature books are some New Titles on K2: High : Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 (Extreme Adventure) -- Clint Willis (Editor); Paperback, Thin Air : Encounters in the Himalayas; Greg Child, Doug Scott and On Belay! : The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt; Raye Carleson Ringholz. 

Daily News: 2/18/99 Report

  • The Plans for a Nepal Mountaineering Museum continues. EverestNews.com understands the Korean Alpine Club has contributed to the Nepal Mountaineering Association to be used for construction of a mountaineering museum. We understand the museum is expected to be complete in late 99 or early 2000 in Pokhara at a cost of over 1 million US dollars. Numerous mountaineering clubs including the Japanese Alpine Club had contributed significantly for construction of the museum. If any of our readers has detailed information on this project, we would love to know more also !
  • Look for an Ang Dorjee Sherpa Page soon !
  • EverestNews.com Classified Ads !!! Coming soon EverestNews.com will have Free Classified ads pages for You to list Your gear and other items for sale. Individuals listing will be free. Commercial listing on expeditions, treks, and gear will be charged. Submit your add to: everestnews2004@adelphia.net, for commercial ads rates just send an e-mail with details on your listing. EverestNews.com reserves the right to reject any add based on its sole judgment. EverestNews.com also reserves the right to determine what is a commercial add...

Daily News: 2/17/99 Report

Daily News: 2/16/99 Report

  • Everest Spring 99: As reported earlier, Graham Ratcliffe will be back on Everest in 1999. Graham who will be on Henry Todd's expedition as EverestNews.com understands it, will be acting as a reporter for the BBC. Graham has made several attempts on Everest resulting in a successful Summit from the North Side in 1995. He attempted the South Side in 1996 and 1997. In 1996 he was with the group at Camp 4 the night of May 10.

    If successful in 1999, he would become the first Briton to climb the mountain from both the North and the South Sides. However, as reported earlier other British climbers including Jon Tinker and Graham Hoyland also will be attempting Everest, in what would complete their summits from both sides. EverestNews.com should also state, we know of no competition between these climbers.

    The BBC web site is http://www.bbc.co.uk/everest !

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