learned there are about 20 expeditions planned for the
North side of Everest in Spring 2003 so far!
Expeditions are expected from around the world
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hillary and Tenzing's Summit of Everest.
Some background on the
first summit expedition below:
and FIRST SUMMIT. Led by Colonel John Hunt and
consisting of climbers Dr. R.C. Evans, G. Band, T.
Bourdillon, A. Gregory, Edmund Hillary, W.G. Lowe, C.
Noyce, M.P. Ward, M. Westmacott, and C.G. Wylie.
Returning as sirdar from the Swiss attempts is yet
again Tenzing Norgay. The route through the Icefall is
completed by April 22, Camp VI is established at the
foot of the Lhotse face at 23,000 feet (7000 meters),
and after a lengthy delay, the South Col is reached
via the Lhotse Face route pioneered by the Swiss the
May 26: First Assault
by Evans and Bourdillon from the South Col using
closed-circuit oxygen sets. The same day Hunt leads a
party of Sherpas from the South Col with the intent to
establish Camp IX on the SE Ridge for the second
assault party consisting of Hillary and Tenzing. Evans
and Bourdillon reach the South Summit at 1 PM at an
elevation of 28,750 feet (8770 meters), but are forced
to descend due to the lateness of the hour, strong
winds, and lack of oxygen.
May 29: Second
Assault by Hillary and Tenzing using open-circuit
oxygen sets. They leave Camp IX at approximately
27,900 feet (8500 meters) by 6:30 AM, and reach the S.
Summit by 9 AM. After negotiating the 40 foot (12
meter) Hillary Step, they are the first to reach the
summit of Everest, reaching the top at 11:30 AM. After
descending to the South Col, they are met by George
Lowe where Hillary states: "Well, George, we knocked
the bastard off!"
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