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NEWSFLASH 8:05AM EST
Christine Boskoff -
The only American woman alive to have reached the Summit of Four 8000 meter
peaks: Gasherbrum II-West Ridge(1999), Lhotse-West Face (1997), Cho
Oyu-West Face (1996), Broad Peak-West Rib (1995). Only a few America men have reached more.
- Austria: Owner
and Director of the Alpinschule Mount Everest, President of the Austrian Alpine
Club, First man, along with
Reinhold Messner, to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen (1978).
8000 meter peaks: Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, G-I (Hidden Peak), Cho Oyu
Flanagan reporting from the Mountain Madness office in Seattle:
I just got a call from
Christine Boskoff at base camp. Nazir
Sabir and Ben Webster made the summit at 8:00 am (Nepal time) 5/17.
Nazir is the FIRST Pakstani to summit Mt. Everest. Christine and Peter
Habeler are resting at base camp. Peter is feeling much better and will
decide later today whether or not he will be making another summit attempt.
Christine will be heading back up to Camp II on Thursday, Camp III on Friday,
Camp IV on Saturday and hoping to summit on Sunday, 5/21. She will be
using supplemental oxygen at Camp IV and on to the summit. She has made 3
attempts so far without Os and it has taken it's toll. She currently holds
the record for most visits to the South Col (she says with a laugh) and is
feeling strong and positive. There will be someone at base camp who will
keep us posted of her progress.
Congratulations to Ben
Webster from the Canadian Everest2000 team and Nazir Sabir both climbing with
Wednesday May 17: From
BC: Hans Vermeulen left ABC this morning. together with Jim (Doctor) and Wout (filmer). Tomorrow he will rest at ABC and on Friday will go in one push
with Reinoud to C 2. Henk, Arjan and Rene are moving to C 3 (7800) today.
They'll climb on Thursday to C 4 (8400) with suppl. O2. They plan on attempting
to summit in the night from 18 to 19th Hans will climb Saturday 20th
to C 3 and is determined to move at about 10.00 pm . in one straight push to the
summit all without suppl. O2!. He will not use or sleep in intermediate
C4, where he had bad experiences on his first try. Sleeping at that
altitude without suppl. O2 poses more dis- than advantages, he considers.
Reinout will try to climb as high as possible, at the moment he is feeling very
strong. Today a large British
military expedition is making its summit bid, 12 climbers were seen on the
summit pyramid by telescope.
All of these are expected to reach the summit. It is possible that
Dutchman Steven le Poole is with this group! Check www.mounteverest.nl
for all the details.
- A Word about
"Summits". Over the month of May, you will see many Summits
"reported" from various sources, sometimes from the Ministry of
Tourism. After this is done. EverestNews.com and others take on the careful task on interviewing climbers asking
for pictures in some cases and coming up with our own "Summit
Lists". Sometimes reporting errors are found, sometimes other things
Daily News: 5/17/2000 Report
The Search is On ! Graham
reports below that some small artifacts have been found. the BBC web site is
finally updated after about 12 days...
Look for more Summit News Everyday !
The lines are forming.
Will those that are now finally attempting the Summit and that were critical of
the climbers that went early give thanks to those that did the work ?
Ben Webster and Nazir
Sabir among those tonight !
- Latest Updates
Direct from Everest from Graham and the BBC
last, someone climbs the mountain. We watch all morning as 4 tiny specks
creep up the final pyramid.
lousy. Danielle and Tony go up to 7900 metres to practice for their
summit attempts within 10 days or so, and come down again.
the 12 miles up to ABC at 6400 metres from BC at 5200 metres just to
gratify male pride.
we have a birthday party and invite the British Army guys. It's quite
have to say I have respect for yaks. They're like cows with attitude.
They carry big weights up to 21,500 feet, and they don't complain.
snow over-night. I'm getting anxious about our search- we'll never find
anything under all this.
has disappeared behind grey clouds.
whole mountain is unstable, just like the foothills surrounding Base
Camp on the south, Nepali side. The stones underfoot are brittle and
and I take a walk down to the cave at Rongbuk monastery. This is where
some of the Lamas escaped persecution during the Cultural Revolution.
satellite phone has broken, joining the computer down here at Base Camp,
so we are without communications apart from radio to ABC.
do you go to the toilet on Mount Everest?" the small boy asked me
accusingly in front of his whole school.
of Russell's clients leave for a break in Xigatse- the last decent hotel
about 12 hours drive back towards Lhasa.
walked down to Base Camp from ABC in four and a half hours. This time
just shows the effects of altitude; it took me 2 days to walk up.
For older Update and much more
on Graham see Mallory
& Irvine 2000: Graham and the BBC returns.
- The Millennium
Seven Summits Expedition www.7-2000.co.uk
lead by Gavin Bate and John Barry.
EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches and photos from this
expedition. Please see below for information on them and their dispatches
from Everest. The
team of seven is made up of John Barry and Gavin Bate, Andy Salter, Polly
Murray, Chris Tiso, George Barlow and Michele Santilhano.
Day Update 4pm
All the team are now
back at the South Col (Camp 4) and are fit and well. They will come down to Camp
2 tomorrow and Base Camp the day after. Apparently, the Korean team is saying
they fixed the rope on the Hillary Step, not our team, and that they summited 50
minutes before us.
The team summited and
is safe and well. If they got there first, that is a bonus. I am sure the
climbers from both our team and the Catalan team, which we were told were close
behind us, will sort out the mystery when they get safely back to base camp. The
Catalan Base Camp team's response was "who cares as long as we made
it?" I agree. I will let you know as soon as I know one way or the other.
Gavin Bate, the leader
of the expedition, was suffering from a chest infection and was unable to make
the final ascent of the Hillary Step.
- First Up in 2000
! Clearly was the Russians.
All of our sources
tell EverestNews.com that the Russians did use bottled oxygen.
- Everest North Side:
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. They are climbing as part
of a British Dutch non-commercial expedition.