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 Daily News: 5/1/2000 Report

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. 

Makalu 2000: Dhaulagiri 2000: Lhotse 2000: Cho Oyu 2000: 

Manaslu 2000Kangchenjunga 2000: Annapurna 2000  

  • Everest North & South Sides:  

Frankly, most expeditions who were looking to Summit early are behind. Nothing a few days of good weather and several strong Sherpa climbers probably could not fix. But somewhat surprising based on when many of these expeditions arrived. Note the "commercial expeditions" EverestNews.com has been featuring were not planning on early Summits and appear to be right on schedule.

However, if fewer go early, then they will have more climbers are the mountain when they go than they were expecting. Early Summits at this point would need to be accomplished by climbers not using bottled oxygen, as the necessary supplies for those using oxygen are not at the high camps yet.

Reports (see Jeffrey and Hugo's near the end of today's news) indicate several expeditions have went back up the mountain. Most just getting acclimated for a summit attempt. 

  • Everest Spring 2000: Adventure Consultants Featured Expedition on EverestNews.com http://www.adventure.co.nz 

    EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Adventure Consultants in Spring 2000.  Adventure Consultants is a world renowned expedition climbing company with a legacy of ascents to the more remote and wild peaks on our planet. Quality service, complete commitment and success are the hallmarks of Adventure Consultants, as are Guy Cotter and the qualified guides and staff who are the driving force behind Adventure Consultants’ expeditions. 

Dispatch: 29th April – AC Team acclimatization trip to Camp III 

The lads left today for CII and I've just heard they got in about 12.30pm. Yuki is going quite well and they are both tired and thirsty and intend to spend the afternoon hydrating. After a rest day tomorrow they will travel to CIII (7400m) where they will spend the night to acclimatize to the thin air pressure at that height. After coming down to base camp for a few days rest they will be in a position to make a summit attempt somewhere in the first two weeks of May. BC doctor Rachel Bishop left for Kunde Hospital today whilst husband Dr Jim Litch is now in residence with the team here at BC. Adventure Consultants are the only expedition team to employ specialist high altitude doctors to ensure the well being of their team members.

'Home away from home!' ... Adventure Consultants - Everest Base Camp  The side lines ... The worlds highest soccer match? Each afternoon  climbers from all over the globe congregate in the Khumbu icefall on the flanks of Mt Everest for an hour of "lung busting effort" as described by Guy. "At 5,300m (17,500') the thin air makes running extremely hard work so it is good cardiovascular training for our team of climbers.  It is also a great way to spend some recreational time with climbers from all over the world who like to get out for a workout and have a bit of fun".

Guy 

  • Everest North Side: The Dutch 

Three Dutch Climbers Frits Vrijlandt, Steven Le Poole, and Joke Groenendaal: Frits and Steven, will attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. Joke will keep you updated.

Back in Base Camp BASE CAMP - Steven and Frits and the rest of the group have returned to Base Camp this afternoon. After a week in Advanced Base Camp and two nights spent at North Col, the climbers have descended to 5100 meters to recover from their exertions. The body recovers much better at this lower altitude that at 7100 meters, North Col Camp's height. Click for entire article

Check them out: http://www.everest.home.nl/ for the full details.

  • Everest Spring 2000: A 14 year boy

A 14 year boy, Temba Tshering Sherpa, plans to attempt the Summit of Everest in Spring 2000 from the Nepal side of the mountain. Needless to say, he would be the youngest to Summit Everest if successful. Temba Tsheri Sherpa born in 06/05/85 is climbing Mt. Everest. Temba got inspiration for climbing Mt. Everest from his father and the fairy-tale he used to hear from friends and relatives about the success of climbing Mt. Everest and the fame you earn after. The name Temba signifies one of the manifestation of Lord Buddha, meaning as Temba Ringpoche. The middle name Tsheri signifies as Tshe Ring meaning Long Life. 

Status: The "boy" and his expedition is at Base camp and at last notice was planning a mid May attempt.

The News is Elizabeth Hawley reportedly has called this attempt "irresponsible".

Editorial Comment: EverestNews.com feels strongly in "freedom in the mountains", where "who has the right" to judge others". But frankly this attempt bothers us. Does a 14 year old boy understand the risks ? 

We would love to know your feelings on this attempt. Submit to everestnews2004@adelphia.net

  • Jeffrey Warden

A lone climber from Canadian attempts the Summit from the South Side. His name is Jeffrey Warden, and he is from Winnipeg Canada. He is climbing on a permit with Asian-Trekking. 

Updates; 4/27/2000: The weather continues to be the major obstacle. Anticipation is building for most teams at base camp. If conditions improve [Friday], this should see upward movement towards camps [1], [2] & [3]. Sherpas need to supply these camps, camp [4] to receive oxygen bottles, along with tents & provisions. 

APRIL 29:  Back up to camp [3], since returning from Khumjung. Winds at this altitude, [24000ft] are 60+knots,  have returned to base camp, weather is expected to improve soon. No one has yet to summit this millennium, climbers are becoming restless. All major Canadian newspapers are represented here, watch for articles. Will begin final assault sometime between May 5-10. 

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  • Hugo returns to Everest: 

During the spring of 2000, our expedition will return to Mount Everest, after two successful summits to the top of the world (1997 and 1999), with the purpose that Babu Chiri Sherpa, our Sirdar Sherpa, will establish a new world record of speed climbing the summit and Hugo Rodriguez will become the first Mexican man to achieve three ascents to Mount Everest.

Update APRIL 28th HUGO AT CAMP TWO: Almost all the expeditions have gone up to the advanced camps; Hugo has ascended to camp 2. The Spanish expedition has returned after spending 8 days at camp 2, they look really tired and for what they talked with us they will go down to any village with lower height in order to rest. Also our Canadian partner [ Gabriel Filippi] had to return from camp 1 due to health problems. 

Now the base camp looks wilderness, only the support staff of the expeditions remains here. The weather has improved notoriously, today we had a clear day with a very pleasant temperature and weak wind at this height.

Well rested, ready to start the summit climb, but high winds forecast (80knots) on the Lhotse slopes.

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