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Update 6/2/2001: Mark McDermott, has joined Stephen Venables (5/12/88) and Alison Hargreaves (5/13/95) as the only British climbers that has reached the Summit of Everest without the use of artificial oxygen. It should be noted, to get credit for a Summit of Everest without artificial oxygen, one must not use oxygen at all during the climb. (Which is why you see EverestNews.com asked the questions we did. Mark has also stated to us that he did not use artificial oxygen at all during the climb.)

Before Spring 2001, there was 98 ascents of Everest made by 77 climbers that have been credited with this achievement. There are others that have made claims that are not in the 98.

Several claims of Summits of Everest without artificial oxygen were made this year, which EverestNews.com believes will result in several more climbers being adding to this list.

Update 6/2/2001: Thanks for your email - we are back in Kathmandu now just getting ready to head home for a few months before coming out again to Nepal. Regarding Mark McDermott's ascent - I can confirm that he did not use oxygen at all during the ascent of Everest. Mark carried a bottle to the foot of the 3rd step which he deposited there. On the way down he gave that bottle to Roland Hunter who was using Oxygen, and continued down. I hope that clarifies things a little.

All the best, Terry Stubbs - Expedition Leader

Update 5/29/2001: Dear EverestNews.com, Sorry for the delay in answering your last email but we have been traveling back to Kathmandu from BC. In answer to your questions: 

1. Mark McDermott (Adventure Extreme Everest Expedition) carried a 4.l bottle of Oxygen to the foot of the third step but did not use any - He gave the full bottle to Mr. Roland Hunter, another team member who was using Oxygen, and carried on up without his rucsac to the summit.

[This would appear to be a Summit of Everest without oxygen by a British climber !]

2. Mr. Roland Hunter (Adventure Extreme Everest Expedition) also summitted that morning using Oxygen - Both returned without problems to camp 2 that evening and descended to ABC the next day. 

3. There was a rescue of Brices's team members (2 persons) by the American group (Simonson) - I understand that one of Russell's guides (Andy) and a client on the 23rd had to spend the night at 8700 meters. The next day there was a concerted effort to bring them down by both the Americans who were in the best position to help and the Himex team. Both were safely rescued. 

Terry Stubbs - Expedition Leader

May 22nd, 2001

Two members of Adventure Extreme Everest expedition have today reached the summit via the north col route and are currently descending to camp 2. The members names are Roland Hunter and Mark McDermott. Due to weather problems and departure date constraints we will make no further ascents on the mountain. The ascent was made during a brief weather window, the past week being unsuitable. 

May 18th 12:24 AM Tibet

Three of our strongest climbers are today on the North Col. Tomorrow they will climb to camp 2 and on to camp 3 on the 20th. If weather permits they will make a summit bid on the 21st. This is the last chance for the summit as the group return to Kathmandu on the 27th May for flights home. The forecast for the period is not great giving likelihood of some snowfall adding to the depth already on the mountain. This is likely to make the going difficult and slow. Only the Russians and the large Simonson American expedition have so far attempted a summit bid, none have come close to success as yet.

 Sandra Stubbs - Base Camp Manager 

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