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The first reported death of the 2003
spring climbing season in Nepal is sadly, 36 year old
Michael Turner. The British climber was climbing Mount
Baruntse, which is east of Everest. The climbing rope
broke. He was part of a nine person expedition led by
Some might ask why the death of the
French TV sound tech on Everest was not the first
death of the season. He was not on the climbing
permit, only going to base camp; therefore his death
is considered a trekking death not a climbing death.
Ealerier four member team of "Vojvodinean Expedition
Barunste 2003" successfully climbed Mt. Baruntse (7129m)
on April 27, 2003. The team led by Mr. Mlodrag Jovoci
(51 Yrs) from Serbia was comprised of Mr. Goran Perian
(40 Yrs) from Slovenia, Mr. Andor Luhovic (21Yrs) from
Crotia and Mr. Pema Lakpa Sherpa (36 Yrs) from Nepal.
The government issued permission to climb this mountain
to this group from April 10, 2003. Mt. Barunste is in
Mount Baruntse below...
Compiled by office of Bikrum
Pandey for EverestNews.com 5/6/03
Baruntse peak with ridges forms the
icy wall between the Barun Valley, Hinko Valley and
the Imjatse valley of the` Khumbu area. Most of the
Ascents are done via Sherpani and West Col and it is
technically tough in most places. Lies hidden behind
the Peak 4 and in between the East and West Col. of
Makalu. The traverse to Everest region via Sherpani
Col and Amphu Laptsa is done through up the rocky
slopes of the Barun's West Bank. The higher camp
leads at the foot of the Barun Glacier, from where
most of the climbing is done.