Castellana Y Leonesa
May 22nd, 2001 - Summit!
exciting story from the expedition and our sources...
9.30 am Spanish time, Tente Lagunilla, Pedro Rodriguez
and Martin Ramos summited Everest. They began their
ascent at midnight along with Miguel Angel Rodriguez,
who had to turn around at 8,300 meters due to the
intense cold. Before the south summit, they
met two sherpas from another expedition.
These very strong sherpas had already summited Everest
were turning around at the south summit, without
having fixed the ropes on the final section.
left Pedro, Martin and Tente to carry on roped up with
a kevlar rope to the Hillary Step and to arrive at the
At 10.15am Spanish Time they are at the south summit, where
they are waiting for sherpas with emergency oxygen.
The expedition reports, "From the Hillary Step
there are fixed ropes which means they should have no
trouble getting back to the South Col where they will
details are sketchy. From the facts, it seems that
they summited at 9.30am and therefore took 45 minutes
to descend to the south summit. Sherpas were bringing
up emergency oxygen for them. This would
definitely imply that they are out of oxygen and
probably cannot continue without the emergency supply,
seems perfectly confident of their safety.
There is no note of concern.
two sherpas they met on the way up DID NOT summit, and
did not fix the ropes on the final section.
last report indicate they are under 8500 meters in an
area considered safe. They are expected to arrive very
soon to camp 4.
4 members of Castilla y Leon Everest expedition (3 of
those had made the first ascent of Everest summitt
this year from South) have returned safely to Camp II
Castellano Y Leonesa Expedition from Spain has
successfully climbed the summit of 8,848 m. high,
World's highest peak, Mt. Everest on 22nd May 2001 at
12:30 PM being the first successful team for this
Spring season. They spent 30 Minutes on the
Mr. Emilio Vioente Lagunilla Alonso (1961) Fireman,
from Palencia, Spain.
2) Mr. Pedro Rodriguez Anchez (1968) Teacher, from
3) Mr. Martin Ramos Garcia (1966) Fireman, From
They started from camp IV (South Col.) for the summit
on 22nd May 2001 at 12:30 a.m.
eight-member expedition team was permitted to climb
Mt. Sagarmatha from South East Ridge route under the
Leadership of Mr. Isidoro Rodriguez Cubillas (1951)
Teacher, from Leon, Spain.
Center 23rd May
2001 Kathmandu, Nepal
again the expedition has not noted concern and appears
to be handling everything. It
is not easy being first up, especially with no Sherpas
climbers to break trail and fix ropes!
South Side Summits:
Martin Ramos, Emilio Vicente Lagunilla and Pedro
5/21 10:42 PM, Message South Side !
7.25am May 22nd Nepal time: Martin Ramos and Emilio
Vicente Lagunilla reached the South Summit Pedro
Rodriguez is very close to reach the top. Miguel Angel
returned to Camp 4 due to very cold weather. 2 Sherpas
are somewhere behind them.
attempts right now !
Martin Ramos, Emilio Vicente Lagunilla Alonso, Pedro
Rodriguez Sanchez, and Miguel Angel are on the way
with others from Camp 4 on the South side of Everest
web site is www.everestcyl2001.com.
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