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Saxony Everest Expedition

The Saxony Everest Expedition is an Everest South side expedition led by Mr. Gotz Wiegand from Germany. There are 5 members of the expedition. The expedition is supported by Asian Trekking.

Saxony Himalaya Expedition "Everest"  (Without Oxygen).

Members: (Germany)
a. Mr. Gotz Wiegand- Expedition leader
b. Mr. Frank Meutzner
c. Mr. Jorg Stingel
d. Mr. Thomas Turpe
e. Mr. Olaf Zill

Nepalese members (Asian Trekking):
a. Mr. Lhakpa Tshering Sherpa- Sirdar
b. Mr. Mingma Nuru Sherpa

Update 5/25/2001: The Saxonian team with Jorg Stingel and Thomas Turpe started on May 22nd, 1.a.m Nepalese time in camp 4 to reach the summit  Around midday Turpe turned back for security reasons. Stingel went on alone and reached the summit of the Everest at about 4.pm Nepalese time on May 22nd. He had no Sherpa with him and did not use oxygen. He returned save to camp 4, where he was awaited from expedition-chief Goetz Wiegand and Thomas Turpe.

Today, on May 25th, in the afternoon hours, all three arrived save in the Basecamp and gave us this information via sat phone to Germany. The second group of the Saxonian expedition, Frank Meutzner and Olaf Zill (without Sherpa) decided yesterday (May 24th) to give up their summit attempt and are on their way back from camp 4 to the Base Camp. Gerald Praschl in Berlin/Germany

Update 5/23/2001: Via Satellite phone Mr. Jorg Stingel (39) from Dresden/Germany reached the Summit of the Everest yesterday and returned later safe to Camp 4. Two other members of the group, Mr. Frank Meutzner and Mr. Olaf Zill are today on their way from Camp 3 to Camp 4 and try to reach the summit on May 24th. 

Jorg Stingel is the first Saxonian and the first former East German to reach Summit of Everest. Yours sincerely  Gerald Praschl in Berlin/Germany

Update 5/23/2001: Mr. Jorg Stingl reached the summit on the 22nd of May without using oxygen. A second Saxonian climber, Mr. Thomas Turpe, who was with him, was forced to turn around in about 8700 meters height and returned to Camp 4, where the expedition leader, Goetz Wiegand (41) was waiting for them. The last two members of the group, Mr. Frank Meutzner and Mr. Olaf Zill are today on their way from camp 3 to camp 4 and try to reach the summit on May 24th, also without oxygen. 

www.himalaya-saxonia.de is the Saxony Everest Expedition web site in German

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