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NEWSFLASH 5/23/2000 9:04AM EST US

  • More climbers from Attempted the Summit from the South last night

"What I know right now, is that one of the two mountaineers who tried again gave up because he wasn't feeling good (cough), and the other one joined another expedition to try to get to the summit. I don't know anything else at the moment. Probably tomorrow morning (Catalan time) I will have more information and I'll let you know."

Nica Dalmau Projecte LaceNet  http://www.lacenet.org

  • North Side

More to go for the Summit including Juanito again, with the problems expect the News to be thin...

  • News from Jeppe Stoltz friends: 

Jeppe Stoltz died Saturday May 20, 2000 under dramatic circumstances on Mount Everest.

Jeppe has found the peak of his climbing carrier in 8500 meter. On his way down after having giving up, he slipped on the ice and fell about 200 meters and was hurt very badly.

Spanish climbers who saw the drama in binoculars called other climbers on the mountain to rescue Jeppe. They rappelled down to him and could see that he was hurt very badly. He was suffering loudly but they where not able to communicate with him.

It was impossible to hold him on the small repose and he slipped/fell further down the mountain. How long is not known but it must be assumed that he was killed instantly.

Jeppe went further up than his climbing partner Per Bager who stopped at 8400 meters because of winds. Jeppe stopped at 8500 and returned, but the descent is more dangerous the ascent.

The event took place at 1.30 AM (DK-time) and 5.30 AM (Tibet)

The event must be considered as an unfortunately accident and there is no one to blame.

In respect of the family, you are asked not to contact the family. If you are with the press please e-mail us and we will pass on the contact. 

  • More on Thursday.

Daily News: 5/23/2000 Report

On Saturday Morning, there was a terrible storm on Everest. If you recall on the South the Danish reached the Summit very early and made it down fast before the Storm hit. 

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 turn 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). 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 turn 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 two Sherpas. The Catalan group seems to have returned due to high wind and there was nobody going from south col this night. 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. 

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 feel really tired. At 13.45 PM (they gave themselves a maxim hour to arrive the summit at 2PM) The weather did not improve and Xavi Aymar started to feel 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."

  • On the North, the climbers were not so lucky:

As a climber I would never go to Mount Everest, as a climber I lure for desolate and lonely arctic mountains but. the myth of Everest is even for a non-Everest believer too strong! The myth of Mount Everest attracts me as an editor of the Dutch adventure internet magazine Xtreme Magazine http://www.xtreme.nl. As a virtual visitor to this arena I was this weekend with a Dutch oxygenless summit attempt by Hans van der Meulen via the North Ridge very anxious to get news from the Third Pole. When news came in today Monday it was news with serious drama. 

Source Panorama-expedition website, courtesy Rolf Stallinga and Reinoud Sluiters 

Saturday at 01:15 hours at camp 4 (8300 meters) Arjan Dingemans gives up his summit chance to stay with and take care of Renι Rooijakkers who has altitude illness. Arjan is a medical student and makes a brave decision. Henk Wesselius leaves with 12 foreign climbers for the summit attempt. At 07:00 hours, above the First Step Henk decides because of the strong wind to turn around. Above the group of climbers to whom Henk belonged a drama is unfolding itself. Six Spaniards who are in front get bad frostbite. They have to return without going the summit. But even worse is the fate of the Danish climber Jeppe. He stumbles and falls down 600 meters. He is lying on a snow field and is bleeding very bad but he is STILL ALIVE. A climber (not stated who goes to the injured Danish climber, but a very courageous man) notes this. When he wants to grab the wounded climber the victim slides down. He is sliding to his death 1500 meters lower at the glacier. 08:30 hours Henk is safely back in camp 4 but going down he was very frightened. Lucky enough he has no frostbite. With Rene Rooijakkers it is going better. They decide to descend to camp 2 but Rene and Arjan only make it to camp 3.

Hans van der Meulen who is trying for the second time to make the first Dutch oxygenless attempt (first attempt in 1986 by Ronald Naar who reached 8500 meter from South Col) decides to turn around also at Sunday. Hans comes without oxygen to the First Step. Hans is descending to camp 3 to descend further with Rene and Arjan. The team is cooperating together very good. They were not lucky and have to abandon now their expedition. The big Dutch prize on Everest is still waiting: first Dutch on Everest without oxygen. Who will take this prize? 

 Regards, Ton Biesemaat 

Xtreme Magazine http://www.xtreme.nl

  • To add a little more, the Asian-Trekking International Everest Expedition consisted of: 

a. Studer Wilfried and wife (Austrians)

b. Per Bager and jeppe Stoltz (Denmark)

c. Gheorghe Dijmarescu (USA)

d. Hans Goger (Austria)

plus possibly others. These climbers were climbing independently. 

EverestNews.com knows that Gheorghe Dijmarescu was fine and at ABC yesterday. 

EverestNews.com has been told, the Spanish Expedition lead by the great Juan Oiarzabal was at the accident site, reported to us as at the second step. It is still unclear who bravely climbed down to attempt to save the climber.

The conditions were a white-out as the horrible storm moved around Everest without warning. It took the climbers a long time to get back to ABC. Frankly, many of the others are lucky. EverestNews.com was told the family was notified Monday morning US time.

  • Henry Todd's Expedition Members:

Mike and Kristy Woodmansee were at Camp 2 moving up to Camp3 , hoping for a break in the weather...

Other Expeditions:

Update: Moving up for their Summit Attempt any day.

Update: Byron Smith is back at Basecamp. In his Monday broadcast he shared the first video of the climb down from the summit. The winds on high prevented him from recording on the very top. Still photos, which he took with slide film will be developed after he returns home. Check his site for all the details...

  • Asian-Trekking supporting the Nepalese Women Millennium Everest Expedition 2000

Summit ! and moving out...

Status: See below for all we know...

  • An experienced Danish Expedition: Thrane & Thrane sponsorship of the first all Danish Mount Everest Expedition

Several Updates: 

Drama on Everest.
Newsletter - Danes conquer South Face of Everest.
May 19 - On the way to the summit.

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

  • A Spanish Everest Expedition: Everest 2000 www.lacenet.org You will need to Join (in upper left hand corner)

Status: They told us yesterday they were going for the Summit last night.

  • Andalucia Everest 2000: 

Update: Summits on Monday ! 

Manuel Gonzalez Diaz, Ivan Jara Muriel, and another reached the summit early on Monday ! 

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

  • 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. Below is a picture of him:

Update: I just spoke with Jeff this morning. He did not make the summit due to an upper respiratory tract infection. He made it as far as camp 3. He tried several times to go higher, but his health took priority and he came back down. He is in Khumjung right now and is returning home as soon as possible. The other members of his team are on their way down also and did not summit. Team members:  Saeed Toossi, Anna Czerwinska, Bill Zachary, and Carlos from Spain. Will you please update the Everest News site with this info? Thank you. Sarah Moskaluk Winnipeg, MB 

www.pangeaextreme.homestead.com

EverestNews.com discussed their plans with them on Monday.  Christine Boskoff, still wants to Summit and was believed to be at Camp 2 or above on Monday. Sounds like Peter Habeler might be calling it a year. 

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