2000: Cho Oyu 2000:
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NEWSFLASH 4:10PM EST 5/25/2000
Mike and Kristy Woodmansee
along with others from the Henry Todd expedition are headed for the Summit right
"Keep positive energy and prayers flowing today
towards the summit of Everest....."
Daily News: 5/25/2000 Report
Conditions bad. Some climbers
are planning to go back up for a Saturday attempt or sooner. Everest on the
North is far from over...
Reliable Sources report to
EverestNews.com that the missing Chinese climber is Kanhua Yan from
Heilongjiang. On 5/21/2000 the Provincial TV Station of Heilongjiang Province of
China made a live broadcast from 8000meters on the north ridge of Everest. Yan
was making his second attempt on the North Col route of Everest. He used siege
tactics and carried his own loads.
The microwave relay at 8000
meters was placed by the climbers of the Tibetan Mountaineering
Association. The signal was beamed directly back to the BC.
If was first believed that Yan
had given up his Summit attempt after his food and O2 ran low in his high camp
at 8300meters during the storm (which one assumes would have been Saturday.) A
TV crew member Xiaogang Chen followed Yan to 8000 meters.
But Yan did not come back.
- Everest South Side: Headlines
1.) Henry Todd's expedition
was at camp 3, expected to go for the big push to the Summit.
Everest on the South is not
over: Mike and Kristy Woodmansee among others are still up there.
Just in, they have moved to
camp 4 with the Summit attempt planned for tonight !
2.) The Summits of Christine
Boskoff and Nawang Nanchu Sherpa are confirmed !!! For Christine, this moves her
up into a group few American have reached. We will publish much more in the
coming day on her.
3.) Jagged Globe Summits ! See
the full report below.
4.) The 14 year old boy:
EverestNews.com was told this morning, has "suddenly appeared" and
"is now on his way down the mountain after attempting the Summit on the day
of the Buddha's birth (SEVERAL days ago)". (This was yesterday, he has now
left BC.) Our Sherpa sources tell
EverestNews.com what they have seen the last several days on the mountain does
not match what is being reporting in the Nepal Newspaper (s). Frankly, this boy
has spent a very long time above Camp 3.
Reports: South then North
- Jagged Globe, Featured
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!
They did it!
Hi all, just down to Base Camp
and letting you know that Andrew Lock, Paul Giorgio and Nima Ghombu reached the
summit of Mt Everest at 6.30am on 24 May. All have just reached Base Camp and
are going to have a bite to eat and a good wash and will then give a full report
of the climb. Everyone is in good health and extremely happy!! cheers A.L.
The summit story 25-May-00 Hi
again from Jagged Globe BC, where the summiteers are rejoicing.
After setting out on our last
attempt with the intention of summiting on the 23rd, we found that we were
delayed by bad weather for one day. We stayed at camp 2 for the day before
heading up to camp 3 on the 22nd and camp 4 on the 23rd. Reclimbing the mountain
so soon after our previous attempt was not as exhausting as expected and we felt
strong for the summit push.
One of our sherpas had left us
the night before the attempt, due to a sick child in Kathmandu, so we had only
Nima Ghombu with us. Nima is without doubt the strongest of our Sherpa staff.
We set out for the summit at
10pm, and quickly found ourselves on the large face leading up to the 'balcony'
. On the way, we passed a couple of other teams making their attempt and we then
had the mountain to ourselves. We climbed quickly in a fairly stiff breeze, with
temperatures around -25C. Reaching the balcony at 2.30am, we changed oxygen
bottles and continued upwards towards our previous high point of the south
summit. This we reached in the dawn light and we again changed oxygen bottles to
finish the climb. Departing the south summit at 5am, we traversed the delicate
ridge, climbing the Hillary step on the way. The step proved less difficult than
expected but by this time the winds had increased severely and we had to haul on
the fixed ropes which were flying horizontally above China.
Once over the step, we had
some further ridge traversing before emerging onto easier ground towards the top
and a final gentle slope that took us to the summit at 6.30am. Andrew arrived
first, with Paul and Nima Ghombu all on the summit by 6.45am.
Whilst another success for
Jagged Globe, this was a particularly rewarding achievement for the three, who
just 9 days earlier had been stopped at the south summit. Having descended all
the way to Basecamp where they rested for just 2 days prior to reclimbing the
entire mountain, all three are justifiably ecstatic at their success.
The ascent has particular
significance for each of the climbers: For Andrew, it is his seventh 8000 meter
summit, having already climbed K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Hidden Peak,
Gasherbrum 2 and Dhaulagiri. He has now climbed more '8000ers' than any other
Australian. For Paul, this was his first 8000er and to have virtually climbed
the entire mountain twice in the one expedition is a fantastic achievement. For
Nima Ghombu, this is his 6th ascent of Mt Everest, a phenomenal success.
The climbers plan to depart
Basecamp tomorrow for Kathmandu, hoping to arrive on 29 May. A final update will
be sent from there.
Best regards from Basecamp. A.L.
Update: May 24, 2000 -
All of the Sherpas made it
down the mountain to Basecamp and joined Byron Smith and Tim Rippel in a final
broadcast to CBC Newsworld Wednesday. Byron's spending one last night at
Basecamp. He's anxious to begin trekking out tomorrow.
Tim and the Sherpas will
remain at Basecamp another couple of days, packing up and getting things set
back to normal.
Most of the expeditions at
Basecamp are beginning to scatter to the four winds. People don't take too long
leaving the cold, muddy camp once an expedition is complete.
As you've already read in the
email digests, Byron and seven Sherpas summitted early Sunday morning Nepal
time. Many of the regular Everest viewers missed the occasion because it came on
the long weekend when many of us were off doing other things. To relive the
climb to the top, CBC Newsworld is re-broadcasting a 90-minute special of
expedition highlights hosted by Mark Kelley. It will be aired Saturday, May 27
at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
The website, which has
followed the climb day by day and which still features all of the educational
material produced by Science Alberta Foundation, will continue to carry
occasional updates until Byron returns to Canada. Some of the 3D features on the
site have recently been updated, including the logbook which now has photos and
diary excerpts from each of the camps. Come back and take a second look. (http://cbc.ca/everest2000/games/index.html#log)
Check them out at http://www.cbc.ca/everest2000
- Apa Summits Again ! (if you
missed yesterday's NEWSFLASH)
The Inventa Everest 2000
Environmental Expedition Team reached the top of the world at 10:30 pm Pacific
Standard Time May 23, 2000.
May 24, 2000
It was a bittersweet summit
day for the Inventa Everest 2000 Environmental Expedition, with nine Sherpas and
three climbing team members reaching the 29,035 foot peak of the world's highest
Battling a snowfall that
sometimes created a virtual whiteout, climbing leader Jim Williams, from Jackson
Hole, Wyoming, along with climbers Lily Leonard, from Boston and Hong Kong, and
Francis Slakey, from Washington, D.C., all reached the summit. But the most
notable achievement of the climb was the successful summit of 40 year-old Apa
Sherpa, the climbing sirdar for the expedition. Apa, who was the first member of
the expedition to reach the top, at 8:06 a.m., completed his eleventh successful
summit, establishing a new world's record.
In Total 12 from this
Expedition reached the Summit last night !
Check them out for all the
details the American expedition: www.everestcleanup.com
- An experienced Danish
Expedition: Thrane & Thrane sponsorship of the first all Danish Mount
Nima Dawa Sherpa was the Sherpa who reached the Summit on Sunday with the Danish
expedition from the South.
latest News: May 23 - Bound for
The BigE-expedition and its
progress can be followed at Thrane & Thranes website:
More details on www.tt.dk
Update: Weather forecasts
BASE CAMP - At this moment,
Steven is still in North Col Camp waiting for the weather forecast. From Base
Camp, Joke explained that the various forecasts are contradictory. One forecast
predicts storm, the other snowfall but otherwise reasonably fine weather on 26
May. They are waiting to receive a third weather forecast.
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possibilities of hosting an international conference to talk about climbing
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this conference could be an important and perhaps unique event in that we could
talk about the issues while not trying to climb at the same time!
College? Because it's a first-rate school. Why Moorhead, Minnesota?
Because it's the *flattest* place on the planet. When? We're not sure yet.
What we are thinking now is that this winter in the October to January time
frame. We would host a small conference, a planning group, to organize a large
conference in the winter of 2002. Maybe we should just go for the
large meeting right away. What we're wondering, of course, is if other
people are interested in coming to such a conference (either as speaker or
simply to listen). You'd have to pay your own travel, room and board.
There would need to be a small conference fee, maybe in the $50 range or so.
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starting ! Some Climbers have left for the mountain.
the EverestNews.com Summit list from the South to Date, if everything goes
Bernd Mahnert, a German
climber, died while descending from the Summit at 7400 meters. Gotz
Wiegand, Bernd Mehnert, Olaf Zill, Thma Tutpe, and Franc Meutzner had reached
the Summit on 15th May at 3 p.m. according to the Min. of Tourism.
5/24 MAI-2000 Lhotse
expedition. Dmitry Moskalev reports from Deboche.... details
5/24 Beno Kashakashvili
reports from base camp of Lhotse Russian-Georgian expedition. May 23-24th... details
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