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 Mark Auricht              11/30/2001

Mark Auricht died on Everest in the Spring of 2001. We have not included him on our list due to the following reports:

1.) Update 5/28/2001: Dear EverestNews.com, Sorry for the delay, things have been very hectic and sad over the last few days.

Events are still very much unclear at this stage as our team is still heading home and the Australian army team are still on mountain or at ABC. Thus all I can confirm at the moment is: Duncan Chessell and Tshering Sherpa (first ascent of Everest) reached the summit at around 0930 - 1000hr on the 23/5, both in good condition on Oxygen. On descent they met Mark Auricht at about the Third Step and he then descended without incident to High Camp at Camp 4 with Duncan and Tshering. They rehydrated and later that night Mark left to descend to Camp 3 with plenty of oxygen for the descent. Duncan and Tshering left later that night. Mark arrived at Camp 3 early the morning of the 24th and was assisted by the Australian Army team with drinks and Oxygen as he had run out on the descent for reasons unknown. Our team had an oxygen stash at Camp 3. They radioed to ABC and felt Mark didn't have features of HACE or HAPE and that he would descend later that day. That morning he got out of the tent and soon after suddenly collapsed. Resuscitation was attempted by the Army but was unsuccessful and, our good friend, Mark died in their arms. We are all grateful to the Army for their excellent effort and kind and dignified way they handled Mark at all stages. Our thanks also go out to Scott and Theo of the Victorian Everest Expedition for all their efforts at ABC during the ordeal and all the kind words from the other climbers we knew over the last month or so.

Mark was an experienced and respected climber in Australia who had made the first Australian ascent of Makalu (without Oxygen) in 1995 amongst other Himalayan climbs.

Duncan and the rest of the team have packed up ABC and due to head back to Kathmandu any day now. More information may be available later, at the moment those on the expedition and family and friends want the time to remember Mark and grieve a great man.

Regards, Dr. David Tingay (Expedition Doctor)

2.) The report on their web site where he states "By the time Duncan had descended to Mark, it was apparent that Mark had neither the energy, nor the oxygen required to summit. So, very sensibly, Mark turned around and the three climbers descended to their high camp together...."

Mark is presently included on some other historical summits list(s). Everest is a strange, strange place. Climber's Summits sometimes are taken down years later on lists of 8000 meter peaks. This is not an exact science, as we say. We put our information out there for the world to see, so we will see. As you can see from the above, we cannot include Mark on our list based on the information we have at this time. There might be information we don't know about....

On the others on the North side list, we have a question or two, but we have included them for now as Summits. It will take time. A couple of questions have been resolved. But in the quest to publish a list before 2001 ended, we have done so :) This work of keeping records is no fun... Our records differs from others in number of Summits on Everest over the years. We have bought you some of those stories over the last 6 year. It is an opinion... That is why we call it the EverestNews.com list.

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