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 Mar 1-6th, 2000 Daily Reports

For Latest News. For earlier reports: See the News Index for a list of all the Daily Reports. See the Home Page for Individual Stories.  Receiving Reports from Over 20 Teams on Everest this Spring 2000.

Daily News: 3/6/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000: More Details

Expedition name:  Hosei University Everest 2000 Climbing Expedition

Objectives: To climb Everest from the Chinese-Tibetan side, via the East Lombuk Glacier, ascending the North Ridge.


Logistics: Japanese team - 18 members. Sherpa - 10 members, Total: 28 members

Expedition leader:  Toshio Nakamura (60 years) 

Leaders statement of purpose: Expedition statement of purpose !

The expedition aims at including a vast range of age-groups. It includes members who are still undergraduate students (2) as well as various members who are over sixty years old (5).  That is the age of the various members ranges from 20 to 65. The main aim of this years expedition will be to break the current world record for the oldest ascent of Mount Everest. (60years and 160days according to your web-page).      

Yours Sincerely        Nakamura Toshio

Daily News: 3/4/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000:

Asian Trekking will have 8 expeditions to Everest from the North and 4 to the South this Spring. Asian in some cases heads the expedition, on others expeditions they support the expeditions at various levels from providing BC support, to providing climbing Sherpas. Expeditions purchase the level of the support.

Included in the expeditions on Everest that will be supporting by Asian Trekking in Spring 2000 are: Dutch Panaroma Everest Expedition: Leader, Hans van der Muelen (who has reached the Summit of K2); British Everest Expedition, Leader Dave Allision Pritt; Russian Everest Expedition of 20 climbers: Leader Skripko Viatcheslav; Himalayan Experience Everest Expedition; Ken Noguchi Everest Cleaning Expedition; International Everest Expedition; Nepalese Women's Millenium Everest Expedition, plus others.

It appears like another busy Year for the Sherpas climbers from Asian Trekking.

Daily News: 3/3/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000: Things are heating Up !

Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 in search of the camera and Irvine. EverestNews.com discussed Graham's plan with him yesterday by phone again.

Graham tells EverestNews.com, "Mark Whetu (who has reached the Summit of Everest twice) will film for us. " On the Expedition, "I am a 'member' of the Expedition as you correctly stated in the news yesterday. Mark and I will do the search for Irvine and the camera."

EverestNews.com will post a further report on Graham plans next week. For anyone who does not know Graham's role is a little different than many climbers, in that, he is an employee of the BBC. Graham is a producer for the BBC.

Graham's will officially announce the Expedition in his Lecture  Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory in Washington D.C. You can now buy tickets on-line: See Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory.

  • K2 2000 ! EverestNews.com will again cover Summit attempts of K2, for the third year.

This year several expeditions including Japanese, Korean, and American are planned. EverestNews.com will again cover the Brazilian alpinist Waldemar Niclevicz and his Expedition. The biggest surprise in the expedition is the Italian alpinist Hans Kammerlander, one of the best alpinists ever, will be sharing the permit with Waldemar. These two who both were on K2 last year, will attack the mountain again in 2000.

For the details of this exciting Expedition.

NEWSFLASH 3/2/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000:

Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 in search of the camera and Irvine.

Graham will return as a member of Russell Brice's Expedition that includes Chris Warner, Andy Lapkas, and Mark Whetu, plus around 7 other clients. Brice continues to use Asian-Trekking for his support and H.A. Sherpa climbers. In 1999, Brice did not use any western guides, but used Sherpas from Asian-Trekking.

Therefore, this expedition is expected to be much different than M&I 1999, in that there are clients and guides rather than climbers supported somewhat by funding (mainly BBC & Nova) to search.

EverestNews.com has been in contact with members of this expedition for several weeks. Some members at least knew that a BBC producer was going on the Expedition, but did not seem to know a name.

Other members of last year expedition, have been aware that Graham was planning on returning for several weeks. Therefore, this is old news to them.

Graham was planning on announcing the Expedition in his Lecture Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory (You might want to be there) later this month, until the News leaked.

At least one other member of last year's expedition also has attempted to put together a plan to return in 2000, but so far has failed to raise the necessary funds.

Daily News: 3/2/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000:

News from the French Canadians: As reported on EverestNews.com last week, they have left Canada and have arrived in Nepal (the first team to do so). They appear to be having fun. Since they are going to Everest without Climbing Sherpas and oxygen, maybe now is the time !

Check them out for some nice pictures and video: http://www.everestmillenium.qc.ca/jdb.asp. In a few days they leave for Tibet.

  • Everest Spring 2000:

While the Canadians are playing in Nepal, the Dutch are having fun Mountaineering in Holland. The challenge was to climb both the highest mountain of Holland (Vaalser berg: 322 meter) and the highest mountain of Belgium (Baraque Michel: 694 meter) in a weekend. Is it fun? Yes, even with a motorway on both summits. Click here to read the whole story.

EverestNews.com will be working with (http://www.everest.home.nl) Frits Vrijlandt and Steven Le Poole, as they attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. Joke Groenendaal who will climb, but does not plan to attempt the Summit, will keep you updated.

Check them out http://www.everest.home.nl !

Daily News: 3/1/2000 Report

  • Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory

Friday, March 17, 7 p.m.

Last May's startling discovery on Mount Everest of the remarkably well-preserved body of legendary explorer George Mallory, 75 years after his ill-fated attempt to conquer the summit, represents more than the culmination of an historic and daring expedition. As told through the eyes of Graham Hoyland, mountain climber, BBC producer, and great nephew legendary climber Howard Somervell, it is a rare tale of kinship, curiosity, and perseverance several generations in the making.

Somervell and Mallory were dear friends and one-time climbing partners. They crossed paths for the last time in June of 1924 upon Everest as Mallory and his partner, Sandy Irvine, were making their historic bid for the summit. Somervell loaned Mallory his Vest Pocket Kodak in the hopes that they would succeed where others had failed and capture the moment for all the world to see. Mallory and Irvine disappeared into the clouds, never to be seen alive again. Somervell's camera would become the most tantalizing clue to one of the most enduring mysteries of our age: Did Mallory and Irvine actually manage to reach the summit during that 1924 ascent?

Even as a young boy, Graham Hoyland nurtured an obsession with going up onto Everest to find his great uncle's camera which might still have retrievable images within.  Hoyland would grow up to become both a mountaineer and a television producer and would finally convince the BBC to back him and an international film crew on the 1999 expedition that, in search of these answers, found Mallory himself.

Hoyland shows clips from the documentary he co-produced, discusses his experiences on the expedition and his lifelong fascination with these daring men, and ads to the debate of the great Mallory mystery.

Location:  Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

To order tickets, call 202-357-3030 and mention program code: 1L0-016

Preferred rate for readers of EverestNews.com: $12

This is $3 off the general admission price.

Bring Your Questions !

  • Everest Spring 2000 has Started:

www.everestcleanup.com   2000 Everest Environmental

A team of eight climbers and over 20 Sherpas will climb to Camp 4 on Everest this spring to attempt to bring down hundreds of discarded oxygen bottles and tons of trash left by other climbers in the past. The climbers will also attempt to summit Everest.

Members include Robert Chang, Expedition leader Robert Hoffman of Belmont, CA, (his fourth expedition to Everest), Deputy Expedition leader is Robert Boice of San Francisco. The expedition trek leader is Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the son of one of the first Everest summiteers, Tenzing Norgay. In addition, Sherman Bull, 62, of Stamford, CT, is a physician member.

The lead Sherpa is Apa Sherpa.

Several readers continue to ask how they can help clean-up Everest... You can contact this Expedition from their web site:

www.everestcleanup.com   2000 Everest Environmental

For other March 2000 News

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