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 The VENEZUELAN Everest Expedition 2001

North Side Everest Expedition led by Jose Antonio Delgado from Venezuela

6 members, and 5 climbing Sherpas from Asian trekking supporting the expedition. 

VENEZUELAN EVEREST EXPEDITION
 
1. MR. JOSE ANTONIO DELGADO ( LEADER )
2. MR. MARTIN ECHEVARRI
3. MR. CARLOS CALDERAS
4. MR. CARLOS CASTILLO
5. MR. MARCO CAYUSO
6. MR. MARCUS TOBIA

Update May 23th, 2001:

Venezuelan Everest Expedition Reached the Summit (May 23)

Two members of the Venezuelan Everest Expedition (Marcus Tobia & Jose Antonio Delgado) Reached the Summit of Mount Everest Today, together with two Sherpa Climbers.  Marcus Tobia Was the First of the Climbers to be on the summit, about 10:30 a.m. local time, followed by Jose Antonio Delgado About 1 ½ hours later.

This is the first time-ever that a Venezuelan climber make it to the top of the world. [See below] The climbers are safe and sound in camp 3 (8350 m), and will be going down tomorrow to the ABC. The other two climbers that were on the summit attempt did not reach the summit due to technical complications with their equipment. This group of climbers are already at Camp 1.

We are all very happy and proud here in Venezuela. Source Rodolfo Chacin C.

Update May 22nd, 2001:

Four members of the Venezuelan Everest Expedition have reach Camp 3 (North Side of the Everest) at 8350 m about at 6:30 p.m. local time. At this moment, they are preparing to their final push to the summit and will leave Camp 3 around midnight (Local Time). 

All the four climbers are in good condition (Tired of course), and have been resting for about 6 hours at camp 3. All four climbers and the three Sherpas with the expedition will be in the summit attempt.

We all at Venezuela are hoping these young climbers to be in the summit.

Source Rodolfo Chacin C.

Update May 21st, 2001:

Four members of the Venezuelan Everest Team and three Sherpas have reach today Camp 2 (7750 m) on the north side of the Everest. The remaining two members of the team had to stay at the base camp due to complications.

All the Venezuelan climbers at camp 2 are in excellent condition and hoping to begin their climbing to Camp 3 (8300 m) tomorrow as planned. The final summit push is still programmed by May 23 from camp 3, and all are very optimistic about it. Source Rodolfo Chacin C.

Update: The FIRST-EVER ALL VENEZUELAN EVEREST EXPEDITION, TO BEGIN THEIR HISTORIC SUMMIT ATTEMPT  May 19, 2001 Source Rodolfo Chacin C.

The first All Venezuelan Everest Expedition is at ABC on the north side of  Everest, planning to start their summit attempt tomorrow (May 20), and hopping to reach the summit by May 23. Martin Echeverria will have to remain at the base camp due to respiratory complications. The Team is very optimistic about their chances to reach the summit and to become the first-ever Venezuelan team to reach the top of the world. 

This would be the most important achievement in Venezuelan mountaineering so far, as no other Venezuelan have ever climbed Everest before.

The members of the Venezuelan Team that will make the summit attempt are: Josι Antonio Delgado (Leader), Carlos Calderas, Carlos Castillo, Marcus Tobνa and Marco Cayuso. They are assisted by three climbing sherpas (Pasang Sherpa among them).

Note: Mr. Blanco has reached the Summit of Everest, but he considered himself from Spain at the time where he was born. However, he now lives in Venezuela. Therefore, for the records he is considered from Spain pre his wishes...

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