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NEWSFLASH 3:21PM EST US 5/20/2000

  • What a story !

On Friday night, two Expeditions left for the Summit on the South Side. Both were the South Pillar Expeditions. The Danish Expedition left first and reached the Summit very early Saturday morning (See below News for details), and descended fast as a storm was moving in.

The other Expedition, the Catalan-Spanish expedition: "Tarragona al sostre del mon" had three members of the expedition (Tarragona 2000 Spanish South Pillar expedition), Jaume Garrosset, Jacab Salvado and Xavi Aymar, with two Sherpas (Ang Pasng and Thugtant) leave the Camp 4 at 22.45PM. At 1 AM Jaume Garrosset left them due to technical problems with the jumar and the oxygen bottle and descended. Hours later, both Sherpas decided to come back for cold problems with their feet. Xavi and Jacob decided to go up although they felt very tired due to the efforts of the previous day (opening the track in the Pillar South). 

EverestNews.com received the first e-mail from the Danish Expedition: 

"This morning at 6.30 local time Mads Granlien and Asmus Norreslet from the Thrane & Thrane Danish Everest Expedition summited Everest by the south pillar together with to Sherpas. The Catalan group seems to have returned due to high wind and there was nobody going from south col this night [He means no one went the normal route to the Summit]. Two or three more Danes plan to go for the summit next night. More details on www.tt.dk" Henrik Jessen Expedition Leader 

Then later, EverestNews.com received word the Catalan group had continued...

We e-mailed our Danish friends, and soon received this: 

From the Danish Expedition: " I have now heard that the Catalans are climbing upwards, but at 10 they were only at 8500 meters and the weather is worsening. One Catalan and their 2 Sherpas have returned. Our people are safe back in camp 4. Henrik Jessen Expedition Leader 

So with the Danish back at Camp 4, the Catalans were still going up !

Concern broke out for those who knew what was going on. 

The story continues: At the altitude of 8600meters. Jacob Salvado was really tired and he could not continue. Then, the head of the expedition, Joan Tomas, told Xavi Aymar to come back but he said that he felt able to go up and that he wanted to do the summit alone. The rest of the members gave support to him with the radio because he seemed very sure of himself. 

The weather did not improve and Xavi Aymar started to felt really tired. At 13.45 PM (they gave themselves a maxim hour to arrive the summit at 2PM) Xavi Aymar decided to come back when he was just at 100 meters from the summit. He was alone at 8740 meters but without hours enough to come back safely.

On the way back Jacob was waiting for him so he helped him to arrive to the Camp 4 and there they met Jaume. Now, they are trying to recover and they will pass the night in the Camp4. "It was for only 100 meters...  They are safe."

Xavi Aymar, could had "claimed the Summit" being alone, but did the honorable thing in telling the truth. 

Great Job Xavi !!! climb again ! Everest will be there for another day !

We are proud of you and your honestly !

  • See You on Sunday Morning !

NEWSFLASH 10:37AM EST US 5/20/2000

  • Some Expeditions going tonight, some staying at Camp 4
  • Another update coming soon.

NEWSFLASH 9:37AM EST US 5/20/2000

  • South Side: Weather turning for the worst on Everest, according to the Danish which reached the Summit last night. 

How bad ? We don't know....

With 60 plus Climbers (some clients on commercial expeditions) at Camp 4, the weather has turned for the worst. 

Among those at Camp 4 is Byron Smith with Tim and his strong Sherpa team.

Babu Chiri Sherpa has started his Speed Ascent of Everest....

We know some climbers who attempted the Summit last night did not make the Summit. The details, except those of the Danish expedition below, are still unclear. EverestNews.com is waiting on further reports from Expeditions on the mountain. 

  • North Side: 

AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE (Irvine & Mallory)

Seven members has left for the Summit without using oxygen. This is a highly experienced team, taking on a big task. 

The Expedition climbing members are: Juan Oiarzabal, Alberto Zeraνn, Iρaki Querejeta, Ferrαn Latorre, Juan Vallejo, Josu Bereciartua, Oscar Cadiach expedition members. (Spanish Spellings)

What is their Everest experience? Alberto Zerain climbed Everest (S Col) in May 1993. Oscar Cadiach climbed Everest in Aug 1985 (N Col route) and May 1993 (S Col). Juan Oiarzabal did the 14 8000m peaks between 1985 (Cho Oyu) and 1993 (Everest S Col with oxygen.).

  • Byron Smith and our friends at CBC:  

Byron Smith, Tim Rippel, their team of Sherpas and fellow Canadian climber Michael Down arrived at Camp IV this morning, with approximately 60 other climbers

See http://cbc.ca/everest2000/dailydispatch/ for more...

  • Michael Down is on Henry Todd's Expedition. 
  • EverestNews.com will update on Sunday this week. For the best News today follow www.cbc.ca/everest2000 and our Slovenians friends at http://lhotse.siol.net who has told us they plan to cover Babu's Speed ascent of the mountain.

Daily News: 5/20/2000 Report

  • Hot News !

Hello EverestNews.com !

This morning at 6.30 local time Mads Granlien and Asmus Norreslet from the Thrane & Thrane Danish Everest Expedition summited Everest by the south pillar together with two Sherpas. The Catalan group seems to have returned due to high wind and there was nobody going from south col this night. Two or three more Danes plan to go for the summit next night. More details on www.tt.dk  

Henrik Jessen Expedition Leader

  • An Everest Summary of sorts:

Let's go down the list: 

1.) A private American expedition: www.everestcleanup.com   2000 Everest Environmental

A team of eight climbers and over 20 Sherpas will climb to Camp 4 on Everest this spring to attempt to bring down hundreds of discarded oxygen bottles and tons of trash left by other climbers in the past. The climbers will also attempt to summit Everest.

Members include Robert Chang, Expedition leader Robert Hoffman of Belmont, CA, (his fourth expedition to Everest), Deputy Expedition leader is Robert Boice of San Francisco. The expedition trek leader is Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the son of one of the first Everest summiteers, Tenzing Norgay. In addition, Sherman Bull, 62, of Stamford, CT, is a physician member. The lead Sherpa is Appa Sherpa.

Status: Rob went home due to illness. The others are expected to attempt the Summit when the weather clears. 

2.) Canadian climber Byron Smith and his all Canadian Expedition: www.cbc.ca/everest2000

The 39-year-old who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba plans his second attempt on Everest beginning in March 2000. Byron grew up in Calgary and now lives in Vulcan, Alberta with his son Zachary and wife Jamie. Byron Smith owns and runs a car dealership in Vulcan and trains up to two and a half hours a day, six days a week to keep in climbing shape. He will be one of the strongest climbers on the mountain EverestNews.com is told by other veteran Everest climbers.

His Expedition Everest 2000 has contracted Science Alberta Foundation to develop a multidisciplinary education program for Canadian students. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will participate in a virtual field trip to the "Top of the World." Teachers will appreciate the easy access to relevant, prepackaged lesson plans and activities. Students will enjoy the innovative, hands-on format of the Everest 2000 activities. Each group of lessons will include geography, science, mathematics, language arts, and physical education activities. This education program appears to be one of the best ever offered.

Update: Byron Smith, Tim Rippel and their team of Sherpas have moved to Camp III. Byron says "everything is 100 per cent go, the weather's going to be excellent for us, we're pushing up to Camp IV and on to the summit tomorrow evening at about 10:30 p.m." (just after noon, eastern time).

If all goes well, that would put the team at the summit in the early morning Sunday May 20th, or around 8 p.m. ET Saturday night. Virginia Robinson, the team doctor, is staying on her toes down at Basecamp. Her education log today points out how climbers can make sure they keep their toes, and not lose them to frostbite. 

May 20, Summit broadcast: CBC Newsworld plans a special edition of Everest 2000 on summit day, Saturday, May 20. Mark Kelley will host the broadcast with climbing expert Laurie Skreslet (the first Canadian to summit Everest in 1982). Kathleen Petty will report from Byron's Vulcan, Alberta home, where Byron's wife Jamie and son Zachary will be watching the ascent. Newsworld will update all day long with Carole McNeil. Mark Kelley will continue the coverage about an hour before the expected summit, somewhere between 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET.

Daily Updates: CBC Newsworld is broadcasting daily live updates with Byron, as he and the team acclimatize at Base camp and prepare to go higher. The daily broadcasts have followed the journey since the team left Canada March 15, 2000. Schedule below. As of May 6, 2000 the updates will be audio-only as Byron left his video equipment at Camp IV due to the stormy descent.

Daily broadcast schedule: All times are in ET and because of the nature of live television, they are approximate. If the segment doesn't air exactly at the time shown, it will probably play within the following half hour.

M-F: 7:20 a.m. (live), 8:35 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 11:50 p.m. The 7:20 a.m. update airs in local time on the main CBC network during CBC Morning.

Sat: 8:05 a.m. (live), 11:05 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 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., 1:05 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 10:05 p.m.

These reports will continue every day until sometime in May when Byron Smith and the other climbers make their attempt at the summit.

All the videos are available in Real Video on the video archive page. The new video will be available Monday to Friday by 9 a.m. ET. On the weekends they will be posted by 5 p.m. ET.

Check them out at http://www.cbc.ca/everest2000 

3.) Asian-Trekking supporting the Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition 2000

The group consists of four women climbers, Lakpa Sherpa, Mingma Yangzi Sherpa, Dawa Yangzi Sherpa and Dolma Sherpa. Only one Nepalese woman has reached the Summit of Everest. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa died descending after reaching the Summit on 4/22/93. The Expedition was organized with Mrs. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa as the expedition leader supported by a strong male Sherpa team of male climbers including the great Sonam Tshering Sherpa who gave his life trying to save Mrs. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa from death.

Lakpa Sherpa is the Expedition leader of the "Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition 2000" and brother of Chhiring Sherpa, who has reached the Summit of Everest 4 times. Four climbers from Asian trekking will support this attempt. Two of which (at least), EverestNews.com is told will be climbers who have previously reached the Summit of Everest.

Status: Lakpa Sherpa reached the Summit with 3 of her fellow Sherpa (male) climbers. She is the second woman from Nepal to reach the Summit of Everest. The first one to come down alive. Expedition over, and going home ! She was fast !

4.) A young American climber Saeed Toossi who was born in Iran:  www.everestdream.com

Saeed has his own independent Expedition to Everest in Spring 2000. EverestNews.com, frankly knew little to nothing about this climber. Therefore, we asked others and himself. Here is what he told us: "I was born in Tehran/Iran in 1959. I was born in Tehran/Iran in 1959. I started my climbing activities when I was 14 years old in the North of Tehran. Started college in Iran in 1979. Government closed down universities in 1982. Left Iran in 1983 to come to the US to continue my education. Completed my BS in Computer Science at West Chester University in 1988. Started to work in the field and completed my MS in Software Engineering at Penn State University in 1991. Got back in to climbing again in 1993. My full climbing background is on my site under Experience summary page. " I started my climbing activities when I was 14 years old in the North of Tehran. Started college in Iran in 1979. Government closed down universities in 1982. " I do live in the Washington D.C. Northern Virginia area and work as a Network Engineer.

Status: Saeed has not reported in, which one would assume he is above Base Camp. We don't like to speculate on locations of climbers we don't know where they are, so we won't. Check his site for some nice insightful dispatches: www.everestdream.com  

5.) An experienced Danish Expedition: Thrane & Thrane sponsorship of the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition

In the Spring of year 2000 the satellite communication company, Thrane & Thrane, is sponsoring the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition. The expedition named ‘BigE – Thrane & Thrane Danish Everest Expedition 2000’ - will leave for the Himalayas on March 27th and attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest in May. All eight members of the BigE-expedition are among the most experienced Danish climbers with significant mountaineering experience. Leader of the expedition and team doctor is Henrik Jessen Hansen. 

Status: See above Hot News !

The BigE-expedition and its progress can be followed at Thrane & Thrane’s website: http://www.tt.dk/everest/intro.html

6.) A Spanish Everest Expedition: Everest 2000 www.lacenet.org You will need to Join (in upper left hand corner) A South Side Expedition with many experienced climbers including expeditions to Manaslu (1991), Makalu (1976), Everest (1983 and 1985), Lothse (1980), Annapurna IV (1979), Disthgil Sar (1982), Saipal (1985), Makalu (1988 and 1990), K2 (1995). The Spanish were very successful in 95 on K2 as you can see on our K2 Summits page sumk2.htm.  

The Cooperative Telematic Project, 'From Montserrat to Mount Everest', consists in the educational accompaniment, through a virtual expedition, of the real mountaineering team that will try to climb to the top of Mount Everest in May 2000, sponsored mainly by the Caixa de Manresa and La Vanguardia.

Using the Internet, we will propose different activities in order to bring everyone closer to this expedition and to show its main characteristics, how it is planned, and the challenge it presents for its members. We'll also consider the Himalayan region, its people, their way of life, etc.

"Project LaceNet" was born two years ago, with the goal of introducing the Central Catalonian educational centers to the Internet. In the first edition, we carried out the project "Discover the Bages County", and in the second, we offered a "Virtual trip to Antarctica", in which Argentinian schools participated. In the current school year (99-00), we are presenting "From Montserrat to Mount Everest". This is a project addressed to the Bages County, Spain and the international public. The project is sponsored by the Fundaciσ caixaManresa and has the support of European SchoolNet and I*EARN-Pangea.

Status: This Expedition had two Spanish climbers and two Sherpa climbers reach the Summit. 

The climbers of the Everest 2000 - Caixa de Manresa expedition are currently recuperating. They announced a third attempt to summit, if the weather holds.

News also on: http://www.caixamanresa.com/fundacio/everest 

7.) Jagged Globe, Featured Expedition http://www.jagged-globe.co.uk/

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe in Spring 2000. Jagged Globe was founded by Steve Bell. Steve has more than 20 years of mountaineering experience including winter ascents of the north faces of the Eiger and Matterhorn. He claims "Britain's first guided expedition to an 8,000m peak and was the first Briton to lead clients to the summit of Everest." He has climbed all of the continental summits and is a fully qualified UIAGM mountain guide. Steve and Jagged Globe are known as one of the best guiding companies in the world. Some think the Best.

This year's expedition will be lead by Australian guide, Andrew Lock (having been on two previous Everest expeditions and reached the Summit of K2), supported by Tim Bird. Tim has led expeditions for Jagged Globe for many years including successful trips to Elbrus, Stok Kangri, Mera and Island Peak, Aconcagua and Gasherbrum II. A highly regarded professional instructor (MIC), Tim directs their Scottish Winter Courses, and provides their UK technical support for training and advice to all their group expeditions licensed through the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. They are using the same Sherpa team as last year.

This is another international team, comprising:  Jack Culley (UK), Joe Wolf (USA), Jeff Magee (UK), David Spencer (UK), Curt Peterson (USA), Timothy Gregg (USA) , Paul Giorgio (USA). Joe Wolf hopes to complete his 7 Summits and to be the oldest summiter this season - he's 61 in March!


The team is back from its summit attempt; all are in good health.

Five members of the group reached the south summit at around 8750 meters on 15 May but turned back due to unsafe conditions. 

Having climbed to camp 2, we joined together with 4 other teams to give ourselves the best summit chance. No other groups appeared interested in making attempts on the mountain at the time but the forecast was excellent, so we pushed to camp 3 on the 13th, and camp 4 on the 14th.

With a clear night, Paul, David, Nima Ghombu Sherpa and Tsillen Sherpa and Andrew, set out at 11pm and made the seemingly endless climb to the balcony at 8500 meters by headlamp. We reached that point just as the dawn broke and revealed the incredible sight of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and numerous smaller peaks surrounding us in Nepal and Tibet.

Joe had decided not to continue to the summit but rather to attain his personal goal of 8000 meters and during the morning of the 15th with Nima Tshering Sherpa, he climbed to 8200 meters just to be sure!

The remainder of the team climbed on towards the south summit with a combined group of Sherpas fixing rope above. We reached the south summit about 9am. From here the ridge crossed the famous Hillary step and ascended the final slopes to the summit, however the hard ice of the ridge was found to be covered in soft snow which made for dangerous climbing.

It had been intended to safeguard this part with rope but we were disappointed to find that the remaining rope had not been brought up as agreed by another team's climber. To climb on without fixing this section was too risky, so we were obliged to turn back for camp 4. All descended safely to Base camp on 17 May.

Reaching the south summit was a fantastic achievement for the team members, as was Joe's personal goal of reaching 8000 meters at 61 years of age! This was his seventh peak of the 'Seven Summits'.

Dave and Joe will be heading for home on 20 May, well satisfied with their efforts. However the expedition is not over yet. Although recovering in Base camp at the moment, Andrew and Paul intend to re-ascend soon for a final summit attempt.

Stay tuned. Cheers for now. Andrew Lock, Expedition Leader

8.) Andalucia Everest 2000: 

Status: At high camp, waiting. This expedition did a ton of work early. Lets hope they finish well. Expected to go for the Summit on the night of 20th with a 21st Summit date.

EverestNews.com will publish their reports in English. Their reports in Spanish, pictures, and more will be on http://www.deporteandaluz.com/everest.htm

9.) Asian-Trekking: Anna Czerwinska (Poland), and Bill Zachary climbing independently.

Status: No news lately. 

10.) Adventure Consultants Ltd - High Altitude Expeditions featuring Guy Cotter  http://www.adventure.co.nz

Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition 2000

Expedition Leader - Guy Cotter (NZ)
Guide - David Hiddleston (NZ)
Climber - Andy Hebson (USA)
Climber - Yukimitsu Okubo (JAPAN)
Climbing Sirdar - Ang Dorje Sherpa
Expedition Sirdar - Ang Tshering Sherpa
Expedition Doctor - Dr. Jim Litch and Dr. Rachel Bishop

Status: Ang Dorje attempted the speed ascent but did not make the Summit. The expedition is going home. 

11.) Jeffrey Warden

A lone climber from Canada attempts the Summit from the South Side. His name is Jeffrey Warden, and he is from Winnipeg Canada. 



Canoe is reporting that he's still planning a 20th summit. He appeared on Ben Webster's site http://canoe.ca/CNEWS/summit_05182.html 

12.) Hugo Rodriguez 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.

However, our mission is not just exclusively the sportive challenge implied but to promote a new conscience of common effort. We will be doing some events supporting Ecology -like doing a partial cleaning at Mount Everest- and we will be also working on a medical scientific project in order to study how extreme heights affect the immunological and cardiovascular systems, as well as the energetic metabolism. Their web site is: http://www.everest2000.net 


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.

13.) Never did like 13, can't have a 13th expedition....

14.) Gabriel Filippi with Babu Chiri Sherpa

Status: Gabriel and Babu both have had a tough year so far. Look for Babu to go back after his 10th summit while trying for the speed record at the same time.

His web site: http://www.everesty2k.com/

15.) Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:

Status: May 19, 2000 WEBSTER SAFE After 26 hours of radio silence, a bout of suspected hypoxia and a rescue by a Sherpa cook, CEE 2000 leader Ben Webster is safe at Camp II. 

Full story 

You can get full details at the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000's official website -- http://www.canoe.ca/Everest/home.html

16.) Mountain Madness : Christine Boskoff - Expedition Leader and Peter Habeler

Status: Nazir

Christine Boskoff and Peter Habeler, both have had tough years on Everest. Look for them both to go when the weather allows. 

17.) The Millennium Seven Summits Expedition lead by Gavin Bate and John Barry. 

Status: 5 summits including two Sherpas made them first up on the South. They are now heading home while others are still thinking of heading up.  You can't get much better than that on Everest. 

18.) Koreans: "Reported to have Summited". Details confusing. Need confirmation from other climbers..

19.) Henry Todd's Expedition: 

Status: Mike and Kristy's Woodmansee plan to attempt the Summit on the 23th. Little news on the others.

20.) Those Americans !

Status: Sounds like they are still going slow. Let hope for the best for these commercial guided clients.

21.) Russians: Little news

22.) 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: This 14 year old Nepal boy has been at high Camps for a long time !!!

Unclear if a Summit Attempt was made.

23.) Spanish South Pillar Expedition: See above Hot news.

24.) Carlos Soria: Expected to go to the Summit on the 21st (Summit Date with the Andalusians (see 8 above). 

25.) Others: Little details at this time.


1.) Three Dutch Climbers Frits Vrijlandt, Steven Le Poole, and Joke Groenendaal: http://www.everest.home.nl/

Frits Vrijlandt and Steven Le Poole, will attempt to climb Everest via the North ridge. When they succeed, they will be the first Dutchmen to do so.  Joke will keep you updated.

Frits Vrijlandt and Steven Le Poole will be part of a non-commercial British/Dutch expedition.


b.) ABC - This evening, Steven turned around from 8550 meters and is headed back to ABC.  He had decided to climb, not like Frits, with oxygen from 8000 meters and higher.  But, there was a defect in the delivery system and he couldn't get enough oxygen.  Because of this lack of oxygen, Steven was proceeding too slowly to reach the top and was in danger of losing his life.  Thus, he decided to turn around.

Check them out at http://www.everest.home.nl/  

2.) A French Canadian Expedition: Everest Millιnium www.everestmillenium.qc.ca

Status: No information here lately.

3.) Retena Expedition Odyssey Everest 2000

Status: Attempted the Summit, but had to turn around. Expect another Summit attempt.

4.) http://www.indiaeverest2000.com/

Status: Little news here. They were planning a sleep over on the Summit. (Just seeing if you are still reading closely !)

5.) Asian-Trekking: International Everest Expedition. A team which includes:

a. Studer Wilfried and wife (Austrians)

b. Per Bager and jeppe Stoltz (Denmark)

c. Gheorghe Dijmarescu (USA)

d. Hans Goger (Austria). 

Status: Little New here also. 

6.) Monterosa Treks & Expedition P. LTD (Expedition Cancelled ! ).

7.) Dutch Panaroma Everest Expedition Leader: Hans van der Muelen.

Hans van der Muelen has made a bold attempt to be first up, but failed. He will go again.. he is strong. Everest was just stronger before.

8.) Risk has published their Spring Expeditions.

a.)  A Moscow expedition "Everest-2000", Everest from North Side, headed by Alexander Abramov.

b.)  An expedition "Everest -2000", from Krasnodar City, headed by Yuri Agafonov, coach - Ivan Aristov.

c.) An International expedition on Everest from North Side, headed by Viacheslav Skripko.

Status: Several summits by ""Everest -2000", from Krasnodar City, headed by Yuri Agafonov, coach - Ivan Aristov". 

For the details check Risk www.risk.ru 


9.) Qomolangma 2000 JEN Expedition North Ridge Spring 2000

North Ridge Spring 2000 Leader Hiroshi Yashima

10.) Hosei University Qomolangma Expedition 2000

North Ridge Spring 2000: Leader Toshio Nakamura

11.) Hokkaido Everest Expedition 2000 North Ridge Spring 2000  only Japanese Leader Koichi Ezaki

On 9,10 ,& 11: Several Japanese Climbers have reached the Summit. We are just waiting on their names and details. More individual Japanese climbers have reached the Summit of Everest than any other nation including Nepal. Nepal has more Summits, but so many are the same Sherpa climbers over and over. 

12.) Ken Noguchi Everest Expedition 2000:

North East Ridge Spring 2000: Ken does not climb Everest this time. He goes for the cleaning of Everest, around 6000M-8000M. He is planning to get about 2 tons of garbage from the mountain. The main sponsor will be SONY CORP.

13.) Never did like 13, can't have a 13th expedition....

14.) AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE (Irvine & Mallory)

In Spring 2000, Juan Oiarzabal from Spain will head an expedition to emulate Mallory & Irvine's 1924 attempt on Everest. Juan is one of only 6 men to Summit all of the 14 8000 meter peaks. This expedition will film their climb while attempting to reproduce Mallory & Irvine's ascents. Juan and his expedition will attempt the same route as Mallory & Irvine without the use of bottled oxygen. Juan Oiarzabal is clearly one of the greatest H. A. climbers ever, gives this group hope and credibility.

The Expedition climbing members are: Juan Oiarzabal, Alberto Zeraνn, Iρaki Querejeta, Ferrαn Latorre, Juan Vallejo, Josu Bereciartua, Oscar Cadiach expedition members. (Spanish Spellings)

What is their Everest experience? Alberto Zerain climbed Everest (S Col) in May 1993. Oscar Cadiach climbed Everest in Aug 1985 (N Col route) and May 1993 (S Col). Juan Oiarzabal did the 14 8000m peaks between 1985 (Cho Oyu) and 1993 (Everest S Col with oxygen.).

Status: Are expected to attempt the Summit on the 20th. The plans are to have this attempt broadcast live on Spanish TV. Who wants to go to Spain for a day ?

15.) The Germans and the Austrians: Chomolungma by fair means without oxygen.

In the German/Austrian tradition these climbers will attempt Everest from the North without oxygen and by fair means. The climbers are Bastel Haller, Gustav Weinberger, Dr, Jurgen Zapf, Barbara Hirschbichler, Rudi Roozen, Georg Simair, and Mag. Thomas Lammie. They will not have a sat phone but hopefully might get a few messages to us. 

Status: One report stated Swiss reached the Summit. Unclear who they were talking about. Expect to have more on these climbers when they come down form their attempt. 

16.) Graham Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest.

Status: Expedition planning to attempt the Summit any day. Small items from Mallory and Irvine's expedition found. Details being closely held.

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17.) Several others: Little News

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


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 Summited 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)

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)

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