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NEWSFLASH 12:06PM EST US 5/19/2000

  • More Summits from the North Last Night

Brits: Mark James and Dan White and Nga Temba Sherpa

Russians: 19.05 Today the members of Kuban-Everest-2000 expedition Alexei Bokov, Nikolai Zararov, Boris Sedusov and Oleg Afanasiev summited to the top of Everest! Congratulations!... details  Check risk www.risk.ru for the details.

  • The Spanish South Pillar Expedition was planning to go last night:

I have just received an email one hour ago from the base camp telling me that three of the seven Catalan climbers arrived to the camp 4 (8.100 m.) this early morning. As they followed a different route than the normal one (between camp2 and camp 4)[This is the South Pillar Route]  it was really difficult to go up. They spent a lot of hours due to the snow but they finally managed to open the track. Therefore, if the weather is fine, they feel all right and specially the mountain lets them, they expect the first attempt to reach the summit this night. 

Best wishes and I let you know any news. Mariona 

  • Next Update will be Saturday when we try to update Expedition by Expedition status.

NEWSFLASH 7:42AM EST US 5/19/2000

  • AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN !

Sergio Martini, has reached the Summit of Lhotse completing the 14 8000 meter Summits. Sergio is a great climber. When he summited Everest in 1999 from the North without the use of bottled oxygen, climbers told Everestnews.com, "He looks like he was out for a hike". 

EverestNews.com was told that Sergio was going to Lhotse, but we were asked to keep it a secret until after He Summited.

EverestNews.com and his Italians friends figured the secret would be out when he arrived into Everest Base Camp with his camera crew. However, the many reporters did not seem to notice. Probably saying something about how H.A. climbing is generally covered around the world.

Sergio once before thought he Summitted Lhotse. Sergio was climbing in white out conditions (well what some others would call white out conditions). A climber in the following days, claimed Sergio and his (Fausto De Stefani) friend's footprints did not go all the way to the Summit of Lhotse. Sergio had thought they did, but as we understand it, he said it was possible under the conditions that they did not. His "Summit" was not recognized. Sergio, did not protest, that we know of. Instead, he returned in his quiet and humble way and did it again !

Sergio now ranked with the other 6 great men, those Summits are NOT disputed: 

Reinhold Messner (ITA)

Jerzy Kukuczka (POL)

Ehardt Loretan (SUI)

Carlos Carsolio (MEX)

Krzysztof Wielicki (POl)

Juan Oiarzabal (Spain)

This is an elite class of climbers. As time go on, EverestNews.com thinks you will see just how hard it is to complete the 14!

Now there are Seven !

  • We thank the Slovenians, who we shared the secret with, for their help. We also thank our Italians friends for having the trust in EverestNews.com to share the secret with us that he was going...

Slovenian News !

Ascent Route : West Face
Date of Summit : 19 May 2000
Name of the Expedition : Slovenian Himalayan Expedition Lhotse 2000
Expedition Leader : Mr. Tomaz Zerovnik, (1967), Computer Professional, Merezilje, SLOVENIA.
Country : SLOVENIA
No. of Team Members :8
Starting Point : C-4 (app. 7900m)

Time of Summit : 14.10 Nepal Time

Start Time: 01.00 Nepal Time

Name of Summiters, Age, Occupation, Home Town & Country

1. Aco Pepevnik, 41, Professional Climber, Sentjur, SLOVENIA

2. Milan Romih, 40, Professional Climber, Slovenska Bistrica, SLOVENIA

Note: Italian climber Sergio also summited Lhotse with them!

more on: http://lhotse.siol.net

Daily News: 5/19/2000 Report

Sources are reporting to EverestNews.com that the weather forecast has turned for the worst. Therefore, some expeditions are delaying their attempts for a few days. Spanish climbers and Sherpa climbers, possibly including he 14 year old Nepal boy were believed to be at Camp 4 last night. Unclear if they went for it yet...

  • Everest North Side

Summits, Summits, and more Summits. We will start on our Summit List. 

One report we received had around 26 Summiters on day two/three ! These are not yet confirmed. We have started "Our Summit List" and should have it live by Monday. 

  • Everest South Side

The Koreans "reported Summits" have consistently confusing details. Their Summits will need confirmed. Stay Tuned, it might take awhile.

  • 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 Nepal boy is believed to have been at Camp 4 and was planning to attempt the Summit last night.

Others have waited...

Update: Byron Smith, Tim Rippel and their team of Sherpas are still at Camp II, waiting on the weather as the latest forecast shows high winds for Friday. The team will head to Camp III as soon as the weather looks favorable. The earliest date for a second summit attempt is now Saturday. 

The team has been excited to hear of the other successful summits in the last few days. Thursday morning around 6:30 a.m. Nepal time, the female leader of the all-Nepalese woman team reached the top. She then descended down to Camp II. On Wednesday, Canadian Ben Webster made the summit, the first Canadian to do so this season. 

While at Basecamp, team doctor Virginia Robinson has been spending her time with some of the other docs and researchers on the mountain. In her latest diary entry she theorizes on altitude and artificial ageing. For links on the topics she highlights, visit http://cbc.ca/everest2000/dailydispatch/diary000517a.html 

Check them out at www.cbc.ca/everest2000

18.05 The news from MAI-2000 Lhotse expedition, May 18th... details 

  • The Millennium Seven Summits Expedition www.7-2000.co.uk  lead by Gavin Bate and John Barry. 

Gavin and the team arrived back in Base camp a couple of hours ago. he is elated to have organized the team who were the FIRST to summit from the Nepal side this new Millennium. I can confirm that they fixed the ropes and were the first to summit. The plan to leave tomorrow and return home on 24th., stopping for an invite to have drinks with the British Ambassador. Brian 

Update: Thursday 18th May

How do you put it into words ? We've just walked down from Mount Everest to Base Camp. From the top of Mount Everest. As I came down the last few hundred feet of the Icefall, knowing that it would be the last time, that we were safe, that the mountain had let us pass, with our faces burnt and blistered, our legs weak as boiled spaghetti, coughing still, eyes red-rimmed from the UV at 29,000 feet and still not really believing what we have just been through, I admit that tears blurred my vision.

All day as we slowly came off the mountain people coming up stopped and congratulated us, but as we came into Base Camp the reception was marvelous. People applauding, shaking our hands, asking us questions, hugging us - it was incredible, emotional, wonderful.

We, the Brit team of the Millennium Seven Summits were the first to summit Mount Everest by the South side in the new Millennium and the news has spread like absolute wildfire. The satellite phone has not stopped ringing ! Newspapers, radio, television - everyone is onto us. The British Ambassador is Kathmandu has invited us to drinks at the Embassy when we get back - God, what to wear ! You cannot imagine how much we smell, how exhausted we are, how we look !

I intend to give you all a more detailed account later on about the whole summit push but this is just a quick summary since I know a lot of people will be waiting to hear first hand news, although I want to make especial mention of Amanda here now, who has done a fantastic job of dealing with the avalanche of emails and telephone calls that have been pouring in since the summit.

John Barry, Polly Murray, Andy Salter and myself made it to the South Col, possibly the most inhospitable, wind-swept and potentially dangerous place you could think of at 26,000' and collapsed onto oxygen bottles to rest. Even at this height everything else looked small. It was amazing but at the same time very tense. There is absolutely no doubt that here is a place where humans are NOT supposed to be. We set off at 10.00pm and started up the mountain. Imagine being at just over 8000 meters and STILL having the height of Ben Nevis to climb, oxygen masks clamped to freezing faces, bright moonlight lighting the way ( anyone interested in Buddhist and Tibetan mythology would be interested to know that the full moon was in our favor with the Gods, and six planets were in alignment - apparently good - and the Sherpas were happy with the whole karma of the moment !).

We hadn't eaten in two days, our liquid intake was minimal ( everything was frozen ), nobody had slept properly in perhaps four or five days but there was this tremendous enthusiasm to go for it. Despite the fact that so many people had failed, we tried to put it from our minds. We reached the Balcony at something like 27,500' and other people turned back. We literally carried on alone up the most incredible airy ridge, just as the sun rose over the horizon, and right over Tibet an incredible electrical storm was stunning to watch. Then we noticed a circular halo of cloud around the moon - harbinger of bad weather; what to do ? turn back ? carry on ? On both sides of the ridge we stood on, thousands and thousands of feet below us, the weather coming in and what to do ? Over Lhotse, masses of cloud pouring over its summit, unbelievable but so frightening. WHAT to do ?

We decide to carry on and now the terrain becomes steep and mixed. Our goggles and sunglasses are misting up, freezing; we can't see anything. Thick gloves trying to wipe ice from lenses. Can't see your feet, have to stretch your neck to look down to see where you're going, fumbling with the ropes, trying to get huge gloves round frozen karabiners, listening to your breath in the mask - loud and intrusive - and now my mask is stuck to my beard !

At 6am, having climbed through the night, the storm hit us. I just couldn't believe that we were INSIDE the lenticular cloud that we've been watching, and avoiding, for weeks. The wind and the spindrift would rip you off that hill if it had been a little stronger. We struggled on. A Canadian who had turned back said to us today that he watched us continue up to the summit and couldn't believe we were doing it. 'Tough as nails' is the comment made on their website apparently !

We decide to carry on and now the terrain becomes steep and mixed. Our goggles and sunglasses are misting up, freezing; we can't see anything. Thick gloves trying to wipe ice from lenses. Can't see your feet, have to stretch your neck to look down to see where you're going, fumbling with the ropes, trying to get huge gloves round frozen karabiners, listening to your breath in the mask - loud and intrusive - and now my mask is stuck to my beard !

At 6am, having climbed through the night, the storm hit us. I just couldn't believe that we were INSIDE the lenticular cloud that we've been watching, and avoiding, for weeks. The wind and the spindrift would rip you off that hill if it had been a little stronger. We struggled on. A Canadian who had turned back said to us today that he watched us continue up to the summit and couldn't believe we were doing it. 'Tough as nails' is the comment made on their website apparently !

The difference in height between the two summits is 100 meters. Between the two is the Hillary Step. Looking at it I felt I could throw a stone at the other summit which looked heavily corniced. Jangbu Sherpa and Pemba Gyaljen went ahead to put in some rope. Unfortunately Pemba Rinjen had not arrived - in fact he had only got as far as the Balcony.

Now came the crux for me - out of the four I was the slowest because of this damned cough which doubled me over every ten minutes, and the oxygen which Pemba Rinjen was supposed to have brought up was now not here. Jangbu and Pemba Gyaljen each had two bottles for us and we each had one full bottle left. We didn't have enough oxygen to get all four of us up to the other summit and all down. The choice was obvious - Andy, John and Polly went on ahead to do the last bit and I sent a message on the radio to say that the team was on the last leg. I stayed for a while on the South Summit and headed down. I just can't describe how proud I was to think of having organized and led such a successful summit of Everest, and the extra pleasure of being first up on the south side was just fantastic. I feel a tremendous pride to have stood at such a place - there is no place higher! - and to have watched three such good friends make the final bit. We have had such incredible notes of support and congratulations - it has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone. I hope to give you a slightly better version of events later on with pictures, so please keep posted to the site.

We leave Base Camp tomorrow and it will be a mad two day dash to Kathmandu, where I have a couple of days work to do and we have an evening soiree with the British Ambassador booked, don't you know ! Then our flight home, 24th or the 25th. Press conferences await. especially since Polly Murray is now the first Scotswoman to summit Everest and has become a national celebrity. So, thank you everyone for your support and I hope you have enjoyed following our small adventures. Myself and Andy have just a few days at home and then we're off to Alaska to try and climb Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, the next in line for our Seven Summits. Two down, five to go !

All the very best, Gavin Bate

  • Hugo !

Update: WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th CLOSE TO THE GOOD WEATHER WINDOW

Hugo is resting at the second camp; at 7:00 p.m. we talked by radio and he is fine. During the next 5 days probably he will attempt to reach the summit again. The meteorological reports forecast a window starting from the May 20th. The next three days we expect strong wind which hinders the ascent; the speed of that wind will be higher than 40 knots.

http://www.everest2000.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. 

Update: "TUESDAY, MAY 16th: PRESENTLY AT BASE CAMP, MOVING UP ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th, FOR SUMMIT ATTEMPT ON SATURDAY, MAY 20th"

www.pangeaextreme.homestead.com

  • Nepalese Women Summits Sagarmatha

A few more details:

Mt. Everest  8,848m – Summitted  18th. May 2000

Miss. Lhakpa Sherpa, 27 years, leader of the Nepalese Women Millennium Expedition 2000 and resident of Makalu, has successfully climbed Mt. Everest this morning at 0630 hrs, Thursday, the 18th.  May from South East Ridge, together with her 3 companions:

1. Ang Phurba Sherpa, 40 yrs, from Thamu Village, Namche VDC.
2. Ang Pasang Sherpa, 32 yrs from Thame Village of Namche VDC.
3.  Ang Migma Sherpa, 30 yrs, from Hilanjung Village of Namche VDC.

The four summiters spent one hour at the Everest summit, and then descended to South Col. safely.

They had started the climb from South Col at 21.30 hrs local time on 17th. May 2000.

Compiled and Reported by Himalaya Center, Kathmandu, Nepal, 18th May 2000

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