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 International Shishapangma 2001 Expedition

Gary Pfisterer is headed to Shishapangma with Chris Shaw (who summitted K2 on Gary's 2000 K2 Expedition) and others including Swee Chiow.

Update 9/9/2001: The team is heading for Advanced Base Camp and the weather has not been too good.  All team members are well.  That was it.  He may try to phone again next week sometime. 

Update 9/17/2001: Hello EverestNews.com, I got a call from Gary (Pfisterer) on Shishapangma early Thursday morning- having heard the news via BBC he and his team mates were concerned about the situation back here in America.  The call was quickly cut off as he said it was snowing very hard.  He called again the following morning to say their weather has not been very good, but the team is fine and doing well; one team member had departed a day or two earlier due to illness.  I will let you know when I hear from him again.  God bless. Bett

Update 9/20/2001: Hello Everyone
    I just spoke with Gary.  He and team members Joe Davies, Swee Chow, Chris Shaw, and Jarod Coburn are fine and have established their Camp I on Shishapangma.  There is a snow cave for Camp II which is presently occupied by a Korean team.  The Koreans may attempt summit shortly while there is good weather, and Gary's team may attempt summit in three to five days if the weather holds.  The weather is presently good. They are all fine and send their love and hellos home.  I'll let you know when I hear from him again! Bett

Update 9/25/2001: Hello EverestNews.com, Family and Friends,

    I just spoke with Gary (Pfisterer) on Shishapangma- his team is fine, in advanced base camp expecting to make a summit attempt, however abit concerned about now changing weather.  They are all fine, in good health and should be back in Nepal in about a week.  They send their hellos and love to all.  I'll let you know when I hear from him again. God bless. Bett 

Update 9/29/2001: Hello EverestNews, Family and Friends, I just spoke with Gary Pfisterer who very happily reports that Swee Chiow and Chris Shaw (K2 Summitter on Gary's expedition in 2000) have summitted Shishapangma!  The team is fine and in good spirits.  Once Chris and Swee get back to basecamp they will be on the move to Kathmandu, where they hope to be by Tuesday or Wednesday upcoming.  They send their love and hellos to all. Bett

Update 10/5/2001: Chris & me got to the top at 3pm Nepal time on 28 Sep. I took a look at the central summit. It is much further than I thought, and of course, knife-edge and really something that I wouldn't want to cross. According to the French team that we met on the way back to Nepal, this year, no one crossed it.

The main summit is great - big and spacious. I am so glad I chose to climb from the south. But getting there took all that I had. We started from camp 3 at 6am and it was a long 9 hours upward journey. Camp 3 was a snow cave the Koreans had dug. The couloir was endless. Lots of broken and soft snow the last 2 hours getting to the summit ridge.

Coming down was sure interesting. We had to down climb all the way to camp 3 and we got there almost midnight. That's the beginning of the iceberg. Both our sleeping bags and food were not there !! This is still a mystery today for Chris and me. So, a night out at 7400 meters without a bag. Yes, it was COLD !!

Chris Shaw is a fantastic partner - very strong and lots of teamwork spirit. Coming down, I had some problems with my vision, he was my eyes. A very good person indeed.

Hope that helps. I'll send a summit photo when I get back. My wife is with me now in Kathmandu. A few days of R&R and we should be home next week. Will discuss Peace Climb 2 then... Cheers. Swee Chiow

Other Autumn 2001 Expeditions

  • Chris Warner plans a TRUE SOLO of the Loretan route with the transverse to the Main Summit. With no other expeditions expected to be on the Loretan route this Autumn. Chris is planning a go at it.... 

See here for Chris Expedition Reports.

  • Ryszard Pawlowski, the famous Polish climber with 3 summit of Everest is also attempting Shishapangma. He would like to reach really Main Summit. He is going to make pictures and video of the route.

Shishapangma Spring 2001

Click here for Shishapangma 2000 and here for some information on Shishapangma 1999.

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