2002 Summits: The bit of Controversy...
is a Summit, not a Summit?
had 2 permits to climb Everest this spring 2002. One for the
West ridge and one for the south east ridge route. The
south east ridge permit had 6 members and the west
ridge permit had 4 members. Pete Athans, as you can
see below was listed on both permits, and was listed
as the leader on both permits. Brent
Bishop was only on the west ridge permit. The south east
ridge permit could have been filed with 7 members with
Brent's name added for the same cost, but was not. The
permit was only filed for 6 members.
of the Peak
of the Team
Geographic Everest Expedition
American West Ridge Expedition
Bishop went ahead
and climbed via the Col, despite the fact that he was
not on the South east ridge permit. In EverestNews.com's
opinion, Brent Bishop summited Everest without a
doubt! There are no questions! He stood on the Summit
of Everest on May 25, 2002!
someone (who does not seem to want to take credit for
reported Brent's Summit along with the others and the
2 Hungarians (when there was only one) to the
Ministry of Tourism in Nepal (see the
honest Hungarians story...).
summit, technically illegal, worried some on the
mountain. Sources have stated to EverestNews.com, that
because of this "worry" and "the
possible 25K ($25,000) fee". The
Ministry of Tourism in Nepal was told that Brent did
not Summit Everest.
Ministry of Tourism in Nepal have not reported Brent's
Summit. Why would they report Brent's Summit when they
were informed he did not Summit!!!! It should be noted,
Ministry of Tourism in Nepal has not given the "official reason".
sources in Nepal, tell EverestNews.com that the
Ministry of Tourism in Nepal are aware of what
has also reported Brent's Summit. So it looks like the
NatGeo expedition is in a bit of a pickle.
Note: We have waited several days to report this
story, hoping things would clear up, but apparently
they have not... The Nat Geo should simply pay the $25K to
Ministry of Tourism in Nepal, apologize and move on...
truth will set you free!