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  Gφran Kropp Q&A

Questions from the readers as usual...

Q.) Is Gφran planning on reaching the three poles? (i.e. Everest, South Pole, North Pole)?

Gφran: Yes, I will go for the North pole in February 2000 and south pole in 2003.

Q.) What was it like to summit Everest with his girlfriend Renata?

Gφran: Perfect - nice day good weather etc

Q.) Why did Goran want to summit Everest a second time, after such a fantastic achievement in 1996?

Gφran: 1.) To do a cleanup on Everest.

     2.Put Renata on top.
     3.Visit my school which I started back in 97

Q.) Will the video documentary of his great Everest 1996 climb be issued in America?

Gφran: Yes, soon.

Q.) What does Goran think of commercial guided expeditions on Everest?

Gφran: I think that they have to pick there clients more careful, then its OK

Q.) Have you yourself put up a limit on how many times you will pass above 8000 meters without bottled oxygen?

Gφran: No, but I thinks its enough now, maybe one time more, we'll see... I'm thinking about the possible risks with braincapasity

Q.) Do you think the American climbs of these 8000 meter peaks are boring ?

With the exception of Alex Lowe this summer (which was not a 8000 meter peak), most of these summits by Americans are just the plain old routes in Spring conditions. Only the east Europeans and a few only seem to go for it . Do you agree ?

Gφran: No I think the well known Americans are very strong and skilled Breashears, Lowe, Viesturs etc. You have done new routes on many 8000 meters peaks. On big walls I think Americans is NO 1. Goran

Q.) Question for Goran: You mentioned visiting a school that you started in 1997 as one of the reasons you went back to Everest.  Can you tell us more about that  school? Best Regards. Lisa

Gφran: The school is in Tapting, called Wongchu Biswra school, soon it will be changed to include my name also. It has space for 96 pupils, now we are also building a hospital there. You can see picture on my homepage  under "gamla nyheter"

Q.) Dear Goran: Have just finished reading your book on your amazing '96 Adventure.  I am not a climber but am thoroughly fascinated by your courage and drive.  My question is in regards to all the bodies on Everest.   Do you feel that besides efforts to clean up the mountain of all the trash, some kind of international effort should be  made to give all these poor souls who have died on the mountain a burial of some sort.  It must be disconcerting at the very least to have to step over a former comrade on the way up or down the mountain. I am amazed that all the Sherpas are still willing to climb up and down to the high camps with all the dead they must pass along the way., Sincerely Annalisa Shield from Virginia

Gφran: No it will put the rescue climbers in great danger, its not so easy as it may seem to carry somebody down from Everest. What I have heard a strong groups of Sherpas, carried down a victim from south summit and almost all got severe frostbite and its not worth that.

Q.) On Everest, are any of the climbers as strong as Babu ?

Gφran: Reinhold Messner is the strongest ever.

Q.) Would you rate Babu night on the summit as the highest achievement in history? Just think if a western climber would have done it.

Gφran: What I have heard when I was down on Everest he had help from other Sherpas carrying up gear (Oxygen, Tent, sleeping bag etc) and then I admire R. Messner's ascent more (78/81)

Q.) What do you think about the Mallory photos been sold that shows Mallory as a rotten body?

Gφran: I don't know, but it feels a little bit like archeology, making up the Everest history and that's OK.

Q.) Do you think Mallory was respected in death ?

Gφran: Yes, I was at NOVA press conference in Kathmandu and I thought that they had a great respect in that moment they found him and onwards.

Best wishes Goran

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