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Everest 2000 Coverage: One of several questions concerning Everest 2000 was the Korean Summits. For some reason there was confusion on when (and if) they reached the Summit of Everest. At one point it was stated that they were there first, and then that was later changed. It was a mess in simple terms. Others stated that they did not see the Koreans on the Summit. So EverestNews.com asked Korean climber  Heon Ju, Park, to tell us what happened: Here are his words, note English is not his language and we do not want to change the meanings, therefore we left much as is. We think you will be able to figure it out ! "We (me and Mr., mo) started from Camp 4 (southcol) at 0 hour 30 minute, 16th May. Another team (British and Spain...) started more faster than me. Maybe 1 hour faster.  We have no Sherpa because our team tried to summit 3 times already so all Sherpa exhausted after hard working.  We met another team on balcony 4:30 hour am. Another team climb up very slowly, so we passed by some  climbers. 3 or 5 persons when back to the camp 4.  Maybe we arrived on southpeak at 9 o'clock am. Another team almost arrived at the same time. I don't know which team arrived first on southpeak. I can remember another team's two Sherpa was first. Some person back to Camp 4 additionally. All member and Sherpa  rested in southpeak for half hour maybe. Because from southpeak to summit was knife ridge. I remember British two Sherpa (Jangbu and Pemba) went up first making rope and then British team and Spanish team and me and Mr. mo is last. We was very good condition and no tired so not hurry.  We met another  team at the Hillary step. Hillary step going up  every team get mixed because of a very tired member went up slowly. We arrived summit 10:50 am. At that time some person is on the top and some  member downside.  I think the 3 teams reached on the top at the same time. Just only 10 or 30 second difference. So not important which team is more faster. I think 4 British members with 2 Sherpa and 2 Spanish with 2 Sherpa and 2 Korean summit at the same time. Because all teams were climbing together same likes one team.  It is sure Jangbu and Pemba Sherpa was first on the top. Another team went down at 11:30 am maybe (British is first Spanish is second). We went down at 1o'clock pm. We stayed 70 minutes on the top. The top's weather was snow cloudy so we waited good panorama. We have power enough. We passed by Spanish team at southpeak.  One Spanish member very tired. We arrived at Camp 4  at 3:30 pm 16, May, and we went down directly arrived in camp 2 (6400 meters)  arriving at 6:30 pm, 16 May. We have the picture. You can see the picture in my office's homepage. I  works in local newspaper. My job is reporter." 

"I stand on summit with Korea national flag 10:50 am,16th may, 2000." Heon Ju Park

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If you look closely at the picture you will see what appears to be the top of a shovel that was left on Everest in 1999. Therefore, EverestNews.com has added these two summits to our list without dispute. We found Mr. Park very cooperative and kind.

Update: After reviewing several Summit pictures from Everest Spring 2000, EverestNews.com opinion is the climber, in the above picture, is at the Summit of Everest.

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