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 Mar 7-11th, 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: 3/11/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000: Featured Expedition

EverestNews.com is featuring Byron Smith and his expedition as one of our "featured" expeditions this Spring.

The CBC web site has an interview with Denis Brown. Denis was a member of an commercial expedition to Everest in 1999 in which a member died during one of the storms last year. Brown expresses some of his opinions on his experience and the risks involved with commercial expeditions.

Check him out at Byron Smith www.cbc.ca/everest2000.

EverestNews.com Editorial Comment: We should point out that few climbers on Everest in 2000 will be on commercial expeditions of this type. It is true that some of these commercial expeditions sell their dispatches to commercial web sites and therefore appear like they are "typical or the norm" to some people. However, for better or worst, commercial expeditions on Everest are not the typical expeditions on Everest, they are the minority by far.

  • Everest Spring 2000: Featured Expedition

Saeed Toossi  has an license plate that reads IWTCME,

which means "I Want To Climb Mount Everest".

http://www.everestdream.com/

Saeed is a young climber with some experience attempting Everest with little support. EverestNews.com will follow him as he lives out his dream of climbing Everest.

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Daily News: 3/10/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000:

Spanish 2000 Everest Expedition to the Third Pole

A group of experienced climbers will attempt Everest on the North Side via the Messner route without oxygen. In a year when several different expeditions has interesting plans, this Spanish Expedition takes on a tough climb.

Climbers include: Migel Angel Vidal Gonzalez, Jose Luis Anton Ortega, and Angel Sanchez Calderon.

  • Everest Spring 2000:

Snow "up high" on Everest reported as light from those trekking in the region.

Some oxygen supplies delayed.

Climbers to arrive at BC on the South Side !

Climbers to arrive at BC on the North Side.

Expect Early Summit Attempts, if conditions are good.

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New featured Books

Daily News: 3/9/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000:

An Expedition from India will once again attempt the North Side of Everest. Several members of this expedition were members of the successful 1998 India expedition. Climbers are: 1) Zuzer Rangwala (Leader) 2) Vijaya Gadre 3) Lovraj Dharmshaktu (Summit 98) 4) Koyaluram Thakur 5) Ravindra Wadaskar 6) Narendra Shelar 7) Lopsang Sherpa (Summit ) 8) Rahul Dandavate.

The Mission of the Expedition as stated : A tribute to all geological, geographical and environmental crusades; A salutation to the surveyors of 1800's; Pollution ( Eco-drive ) check drive all over India; An endeavor of a team to cross boundaries they have yet to see.

Goals include creating a pollution map of the Nation. One climber will attempt to spend the entire night on the summit of Everest. At least one climber will attempt the summit without the aid of artificial oxygen. The team's goal is 4 Summits of Everest.

Source: Dilip Lagu

Check them out: http://www.indiaeverest2000.com/home.htm

  • Everest Spring 2000: Featured Expedition

EverestNews.com is featuring Byron and his expedition as one of our "featured" expeditions this Spring.

With a week to takeoff, the Everest 2000 team is beginning to assemble in  Alberta. Read brief biographies on http://cbc.ca/everest2000/overview/team.html

Check him out at Byron Smith www.cbc.ca/everest2000.

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  • The Staff has been working hard preparing for Everest 2000. One additional change You will soon see is "Featured Expeditions". EverestNews.com has decided that while we want to cover ALL expeditions, and EverestNews.com will attempt to cover ALL expeditions in the News, it is only fair that we highlight and bring attention to those that are providing EverestNews.com with the News. Therefore: "Featured Expeditions".

Daily News: 3/8/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000: The Icefall appears to change hands.

KHUMBU ICE FALL UNDER SPCC (SAGARMATHA POLLUTION CONTROL COMMITTEE)

Nepal's Ministry of Tourism has entrusted the job of fixing the Khumbu Ice Fall for Climbing Expeditions to SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee) effective from this Spring Season. The Ice Fall fixing job in the past used to be done by Scotland's Leading Mountaineer Entrepreneur, Mr. Henry B. Todd.

While there has been proposal from NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) also to take the responsibility of making / maintaining Khumbu Ice Fall for Climbing Expeditions, Government has however, entrusted the job to SPCC from this year.

Government officials maintain that they have given the Ice Fall fixing job to SPCC for this season on trial basis. After examining their work and assessing the reports from Mountaineering Teams, they will decide who could be the best Party to do this Ice Fall job: SPCC or NMA.

Nepal Mountaineering Association is keen to do Ice Fall job as they are the National Mountaineering Body of the country. They are thinking of charging a reasonable per person fee to the Mountaineering Teams   crossing the Khumbu Ice Fall to climb Everest & Lhotse from South Side and channalize the savings generated to NMA's other Environmental Projects and Training Activities.

Reported by Binita & Sangita at HIMALAYA Center - Kathmandu / Nepal. 

Please Note: With Henry Todd and the icefall it is never done until it is done. Meaning others have attempted to take control of the icefall from Henry Todd before, but Henry gains control back. We will see what happens this time. Don't count Henry out until the count of 12.

  • Everest Spring 2000: Featured Expedition

EverestNews.com is featuring Byron and his expedition as one of our "featured" expeditions this Spring.

The Everest 2000 team is making final tests of expedition equipment. See new video of the communications gear at www.newsworld.cbc.ca/everest2000/dailydispatch

Check him out at Byron Smith www.cbc.ca/everest2000.

Daily News: 3/7/2000 Report

  • Everest Spring 2000: More Details

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has granted permission to 30 teams for carrying out mountaineering expeditions for 12 different mountains form 11 different countries of the world in the Spring season (March 1st to May 31st) 2000. Twelve mountaineering teams have been given permission to climb Sagarmatha from South East Ridge route and two teams from South Pillar route.

Similarly the Ministry has given climbing permission to 4 teams to Mt. Amadablam (6812m), two team each to Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), and Mt. Pumori (7161m), one team each to Mt. Baruntse (7129m), Mt. Chamlang (7319m.), Mt. Ganesh II (7111m), Kumbhakarna (7710m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m.), Mt. Lhotse (8156m), Mt. Makalu I (8463m) & Mt. Tilicho (7134m)

List of Expedition Teams

Permitted During 2000 Spring Season

Mt. Sagarmatha (8848m)

S.No

Expedition Team

Name of the Peak & Height

Ascent Route

Name of the Leader

Country

1

Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Ms. Lhakpa Sherpa

Nepal

2

Team Everest 2000 Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Byron Smith

Canada

3

Expedicio 2000 Al Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Antoni Bahi Alburguergue

Spain

4

Expedition Andalucia Everest Expedition 2000

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Manuel G. Diaz

Spain

5

Sagarmatha Millennium Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Gavin Bate

UK

6

HG Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Henry B. Todd

UK

7

Himalayan Medical Camp Everest Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Syamal Sarkar

India

8

Mountain Madness Sagarmatha Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Ms. Christine  Boskoff

USA

9

2000 Everest Environmental Expedition

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Robert H. Hoffman

USA

10

International Mountain Guides Everest 2000

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Eric Simonson

USA

11

2000 Everest Millennium Expedition USA

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Randy Todd Burlson

USA

12

Arun International Everest Expedition Spring 2000

Sagarmatha

SER

Mr. Gary J. Gulier

USA

13

Thrane & Thrane Mountaineering Team Everest 2000

Sagarmatha

South Pillar

Mr. Henrik Jessen Hansen

Denmark

14

Tarragona Expedition Everest 2000.

Sagarmatha

South Pillar

Mr. Joan Tomas Gebelli

Spain

Mt. Amadablam (6812m)

15

Austrian Ama Dablam Exp'.

Amadablam

SER

Mr. Theo Fritsche

Austria

16

RAM 2000 Amadablam Exp'.

Amadablam

SWR

Mr. Ronald Matous

USA

17

Amadablam 2000 NFB Exp'.

Amadablam

SWR

Mr. Pasquale V. Scaturro

USA

18

American Amadablam Exp'.

Amadablam

SWR

Mr. Mathhew Fioretti

USA

Mt. Annapurna I (8091m)

19

Royal Exp' Annapurna 2000 Spain

Annapurna I

North Face

Mr. Josep A. Pujante

Spain

20

French Annapurna I (GMHM) Exp'.

Annapurna I

North Face

Mr. Thierry Bolo

France

Mt. Baruntse (7129m)

21

British Baruntse Expedition

Baruntse

SWR

Mr. John Baker

USA

Mt. Chamlang Himal (7319m)

22

British Chamlang Exp' Spring 2000.

Chamlang

North Face

Mr. Christopher G. Comerie

UK

Mt. Ganesh II ( 7111m)

23

Shinshu University Ganesh Himal II Exp' 2000.

Ganesh II

SER

Mr. Hideki Yoshida

Japan

Mt. Kumbhakarna (7710m)

24

Australian Kumbhakarna Exp'.

Kumbhakarna

North Face

Mr. Athol Whimp

Australia

Mt. Lhotse (8516m)

25

HG Lhotse Expedition 2000.

Lhotse

West Face

Mr. Henry B. Todd

UK

Mt. Manaslu (8163m)

26

East Japan Manaslu Exp' 2000.

Manaslu

East Face

Mr. Yoshio Maruyama

Japan

Mt. Makalu I (8463m)

27

Carinthin Makalu I Expedition.

Makalu I

NWR

Dr. Erich Resch

Austria

Mt. Pumori (7161m)

28

RAX Pumori 2000.

Pumori

SER

Mr. Gerhard Ferstl

Austria

29

Connecting Class Room To The World Pumori 2000.

Pumori

SER

Mr. Worsham Donald

USA

Mt. Tilicho (7134m)

30

Kozankai Tilicho Peak Exp' 2000.

Tilicho

North Side

Mr. Masaki Koike

Japan

Source: Himalaya Centre, Kathmandu

NOTE: There is not a complete list of Expeditions. Just the list to date that has paid for their permits. Their will be more. EverestNews.com current count for the Everest South Side is 20.

  • Everest Spring 2000:

Everest 2000 expedition leader Byron Smith and his all-Canadian team of climbers are attempting to be the first to summit Mount Everest in the year 2000 and to broadcast the most comprehensive television coverage ever from the top of the world. As they tackle the world's ultimate challenge, Canadian viewers can monitor every step of the Everest 2000 expedition, every day, LIVE exclusively on CBC Newsworld and online at www.newsworld.cbc.ca.

EverestNews.co is featuring Byron and his expedition as one of our "featured" expeditions this Spring.

Starting March 20, Smith's Everest 2000 reports air eight times a day on CBC Newsworld. Two of the daily reports are live (M-F at 7:20 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. ET, Sat-Sun at 8:05 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. ET). The 7:20 a.m. ET report also airs in local time on the main CBC network during CBC Morning.

Everest 2000 broadcast schedule Monday, March 20 - Wednesday, May 31: M-F: 7:20 a.m. (live), 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. (live), 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.,  5:50 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 11:50 p.m. Sat: 8:05 a.m. (live), 11:05 a.m., 12:15 p.m. (live), 2:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 8:05 p.m. Sun: 1:05 a.m., 8:05 a.m. (live), 12:15 p.m. (live), 1:05 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m. * All times Eastern*

Byron Smith is an experienced climber from Vulcan, Alberta, who has climbed extensively in the Western Hemisphere. In 1998, as an independent climber on a British expedition, Smith reached the South Summit of Everest (45 minutes from the peak) before having to turn back. Climbing with Smith are climbers/cameramen Tim Rippel, from Nelson, BC and Brad Wrobleski from Canmore, AB. They will be climbing with a seasoned team of 12 high altitude Sherpa guides. The all-Canadian Everest 2000 team also includes communication coordinators John and Ann Armstrong from Penticton, BC, education program expert Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday, documentary producer George Gallant from Lethbridge, AB and physician Virginia Robinson from Hamilton, ON.

The Everest 2000 teams depart for Kathmandu, Nepal on March 15. Upon arrival, they fly to Lukla in the Khumbu Region and trek to base camp at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. From April 1 on, the team will undergo a grueling process of climbing and acclimatization while their bodies adjust to the altitude and thinner air. They expect to reach their goal, the Summit of Everest sometime at the end of May.

Check him out at Byron Smith www.cbc.ca/everest2000.

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