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  • Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith

Current Status: This is it! Byron Smith says the latest Everest forecast shows a clear five-day weather window for his team's summit push. Experienced climbers on the mountain say it is one of the best weather windows they've seen in years. Sherpas from Byron's team made carries up to Camp IV today and will continue on Tuesday. On Wednesday the Sherpas will take a rest day while Byron leaves Base camp with Tim Rippel heading for Camp II. The next day they'll go up to Camp III, making it to Camp IV by May 5th. The planned summit day will be Saturday May 6th. 

For dispatches, video updates, background information, interactive maps and more on check his diary entry for more http://cbc.ca/everest2000/

Christine Boskoff - Expedition Leader: 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.

Peter Habeler - 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

Dispatch: This is Christine Boskoff reporting for Mountain Madness from Everest Basecamp on May 1st: It is early evening here at base camp and we just polished off a terrific pizza!  Last Saturday, April 29th, all of our climbing Sherpas, Peter Habeler and I returned to base camp from Camp II due to very high winds. 

Because of the high winds we were unable to continue on to Camp III.  We have had a weather report and there appears to be a window of opportunity opening and remaining open until May 5th.  Our climbing Sherpas left today for Camp II.  They will go up and establish Camp IV tomorrow on the south col at 25,919". 

Kili Sherpa, the Director of Operations in the Mountain Madness Nepal office, will be attempting the summit with our team!  Following is our strategy as we make our summit bid.  On Tuesday, May 2, Peter, Nazir Sabir, Kili and I will head up to Camp II.  On Wednesday we will go to Camp III, Thursday Camp IV and if all goes well, the SUMMIT on Friday, May 5th.  We will be the first team on the summit this year.  We will have four climbing Sherpas with us and will be fixing lines above the balcony. 

We hope to be successful but if not, we have plenty of time to make another attempt.  We will be in touch as we move up the mountain. 

  • Everest Spring 2000: A 14 year boy

EverestNews.com readers give their opinions. We posted a few on the forum...

  • Everest North Side: Danish

Per Bager and Jeppe Stoltz, two climbers from Denmark are up high around Camp 2....

  • Everest North Side: 

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.

Update: "They left Kathmandu on 19.th of April and got to the base camp 2 days later. Their tests proved that their way of acclimatizing (in the Alps and in Nepal) worked out brilliant. They are in good shape.

On the 27th they started heading for the ABC and today they are planning to establish a Camp at the North Col and go back down again." Bastel 

  • Annapurna Spring 2000: 

EverestNews.com will follow the attempt on Annapurna of the "International Annapurna 2000Expedition":

Update 4/28/2000

Title : Climbers in Camp II, 2000 meters from the summit.

Dispatch: Today, the members of the Expedition took advantage of a slight improvement the weather. Still far from the most desirable weather, they climbed to CII, accompanied by Sherpas. "Team Two" formed by Xavier and Ugur Uluocak and "Team One" with Dr Pujante and Jep Tapias, are both rebuilding CII at the moment.  CII was damaged by the snow and avalanches previous days.  They have also been able to locate an important cache of climbing materiel that was presumed lost.  Without these materials, it would have been more difficult to make progress up to CIII.  Tomorrow (29th), the teams will wait for the weather to calm and then climb up the German route to CIII.  After multiple observations, this route appears to be safe. The technical difficulty of Annapurna, the severe and inhospitable climatic conditions and the losing materials due to avalanches are all part of climbing this mountain of 8091 meters. The messages of luck from relatives, friends and mountaineering fans received here at this base camp, thanks to Airtel, are at the moment the main motivation of us.

Joaquim M. "Jake" Molins Gil

Their web site:  www.interofer.es/annapurna2000 with reports in Spanish, Pictures and more ! A very nice site. EverestNews.com has added a Spring 2000 Annapurna Page where EverestNews.com will report News on this expedition and other Annapurna News.

  • Everest Spring 2000 North Side:

Juan Oiarzabal, "To the Edge of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE in Spanish: Expedition to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory and Irvine of Everest.  

Juan is back on the move up the mountain. Unclear if this will be a Summit attempt...

The north Side is "unclear" to us at this point. However with 5 good days ... Well we will see. But most expeditions do not have high camps ready...

We received a few questions on Alberto and Felix Inurrategi Summit of Manaslu (Spring 2000). The questions were did they use Sherpas climbers to fix ropes or carry supplies. 

Of course not ! Is the answer. 

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