Daily News: 4/1/2000 Report
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- Danish Expedition: Thrane &
In the Spring of year 2000 the
satellite communication company, Thrane & Thrane, is sponsoring the first all Danish
Mount Everest Expedition. The expedition named BigE Thrane & Thrane
Danish Everest Expedition 2000 - will leave for the Himalayas on March 27th and
attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest in May. All eight members of the
BigE-expedition are among the most experienced Danish climbers with significant
mountaineering experience. Leader of the expedition and team doctor is Henrik Jessen
Hansen. Henrik Jessen Hansen has been on five earlier expeditions to the Himalayas,
including one to Mount Everest in 1996. This year was a disastrous year at Mount Everest
with numerous casualties. As a result, Henrik Jessen Hansen had to give up his personal
attempt to reach the summit. Instead Henrik Jessen Hansen established the world highest
located emergency hospital, where he performed important and needed rescue help.
Thrane & Thrane has previously
sponsored other mountaineering expeditions, including expeditions to Mt. Everest in 1996
and Gasherbrum I in Pakistan in 1998. However, the sponsorship of the BigE-expedition is
by far the companys biggest sponsorship investment. The main objective of the
BigE-sponsorship is to present Thrane & Thrane as a leading-edge satellite
communications company and to demonstrate Thrane & Thrane product superiority and
reliability under extreme conditions. In particular in regard to Thrane &
Thranes most recent product innovation within satellite communication, the Capsat
Messenger (the M4 terminal). The BigE-expedition will bring along the Capsat Messenger as
its primary communication unit and Thrane & Thrane is confident that the Capsat
Messenger will perform trouble-free.
On the BigE-expedition Thrane &
Thrane is represented by director Lars Thrane and electronic engineer, Jan
Mathorne. Their participation in the expedition gives Thrane & Thrane a first-hand
experience of the Capsat Messengers quality and reliability. In addition, it
demonstrates Thrane & Thranes unique company spirit. Thrane & Thrane
attracts some of the best electronic engineers and creative minds in the business and the
people who work at Thrane & Thrane strive to push back the limits and reach new
Status: They have left Denmark and arrived in Kathmandu. This will be
one of two expedition attempting the South Pillar route. The other is a Spanish expedition
(TARRAGONA AL EVEREST) members Joanto Bellν, Josep Marνa Maixι, Jaume
Garroxet, Xavi Lσpez, Xavi Aymar, Jacob Salvadσ, Joan Borreguero.
The BigE-expedition and its
progress can be followed at Thrane & Thranes website: http://www.tt.dk/everest/intro.html
EverestNews.com friend Bo Belvedere Christensen will also be part of this expedition.
Bo has been part of many expeditions to 8000 meter peaks including the Everest 1996
Expedition. This expedition is planning a South Pillar Route see: http://www.tt.dk/everest/hq_rute.html
- The Germans and the Austrians: Chomolungma by fair means without oxygen.
In the German/Austrian tradition
these climbers will attempt Everest from the North without oxygen and by fair means. The
climbers are Bastel Haller, Gustav Weinberger, Dr, Jurgen Zapf, Barbara Hirschbichler,
Rudi Roozen, Georg Simair, and Mag. Thomas Lammie. Bastel has arranged communications to
send some limited reports from Everest to EverestNews.com.
Dispatch One 3/30/2000: Bastel Haller and the expedition left for the
Everest on the 29th of March. They arrived in Kathmandu safely on 30th. They stayed
there today to arrange their trip and are flying to Lukla tomorrow, where they start 2
weeks of trekking including the summit of Island Peak to adjust to the altitude and relax
from the quite busy times they had arranging everything. On the 16th of April they will
get back to Kathmandu and after a break they will head to Everest Base Camp on the North.
EverestNews.com will follow the
attempt on Annapurna of the "International Annapurna 2000 Expedition": Their web
with reports in Spanish, Pictures and more !
Dispatch 3/31/2000: The expedition of Port of Barcelona, completed a
Weather: sun and heat (35 Cs)
Location of Expedition: In
Kopchepani, a village located on the Annapurna circuit
Next objective: Lete, last village
on the trek to Annapurna
Today the day has begun, in
Tiplyang. We have followed the valley of the Miristicola river during an exhausting
day of 10 hours. In the beginning of the day, we went with the connection official Mr. Bed
Bahadur Karki with whom we will continue until we finish the expedition. Our objective
today was Kopchepani. During the route we had the privilege to see Monte Ningiri and the
imposing barrier of South Annapurna of almost 8000 meters. Taking advantage of the good
temperature that the day offered us, while passing by Tatopani, we bathed in the thermal
waters. It allowed time to relax for the members of the expedition, knowing the hardness
of the days that still are to come. From Kopchepani, Nepal, Namaste, Joaquim M.
(Jake) i Gil
In other Annapurna News:
The Inurrategi Brothers (Alberto
& Felix) will be on Annapurna this Spring with many other climbers expected, timed for the 50th anniversary of the
first summit. The Inurrategi Brothers
now plan to Summit Manaslu, then Annapurna, and G1 & G2 this year completing the
14 8000 meter peaks. None of their
Summits are disputed. In the next few days, EverestNews.com will post all climbers who
have completed 10 or more Summits of the 14 8000 meter peaks.
EverestNews.com has added a Spring 2000 Annapurna Page where EverestNews.com will report News
on this expedition and other Annapurna News.
- Everest North Side: Hard Going !
The French Canadians are reporting
hard going on the way the Everest base camp in Tibet.
Rough Translation: In their words...
During the last few days the
road was easier. The road is more passable. We rolled on all the same at roughly 25km/h. The landscape is
very beautiful, very impressive. We feel as if we have moved back to another world,
another time. Our Chinese guides take time to recite a prayer dedicated to the
mountains - Kiki Soso Gyalo. translation: Long life and happiness, the gods are
victorious. We had another palpitating experience! The Jeep had a puncture. The spare tire
was already perforated! We caught up with the other Jeep and recovered its spare tire.
Today, we have one day of leave in the monastic city of Gertse. I trotted myself on a
small node of 4100 meters ; Bernard has prepared the selection of photographs which will
be sent in Montreal as soon as soon as we are in Lhasa; Claude-Andre and Andre took time
to write and Isabelle rested. On the way towards Lhasa, we will see the monastery of
Samding, the first monastery of Tibet.
Check them out at http://www.everestmillenium.qc.ca/jdb.asp
for reports in French, video and more.
- Everest Spring 2000: Byron Smith
moving up !
Current Status: The Everest 2000 team arrives at Basecamp
tomorrow, April 1. Byron, Brad, Tim and the others are spending their last night in
Lobuche. This village is at an altitude of nearly 5000 meters.
Once at Basecamp the team will
establish their home base for the next month, but they can't move on to higher camps until
April 10. That has been set as the auspicious day to move through the ice fall. The highly
religious Sherpas would not go through the ice fall until after the Puja ceremony has been
The team has sent some new video --
exclusively for the website and the education program. In this clip from Kathmandu and
Phakding the team doctor takes Brad and Byron through a two minute step test to measure
how heart and respiratory rates are affected by the change in altitude. Find the clip on
the video archive page: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/dailydispatch/videoarchive.html
Find the results of the test on the fitness data page: http://cbc.ca/everest2000/overview/fitnessdata.html
Check Byron's Expedition out today:
- Canadian Everest Expedition 2000:
Current Status: On the way to Everest Base Camp. These 4 Canadians
are on the same permit with American Christine Boskoff, Ray
Yeritsian, Nazir Sabir and an Austria climber.
climbers, EverestNews.com is told, will climb separately. the 4 Canadians, Ray Yeritsian
& Nazir Sabir, and Boskoff and an Austria climber.
Austria climber is Peter Habeler. As EverestNews.com reported months ago, he plans
to climb Everest again without oxygen from the South Side. He is now making his way to
You can get full details on the
Canadians at the Canadian Everest Expedition 2000's official website -- http://www.canoe.ca/Everest/home.html
has learned a 14 year boy plans to attempt the Summit of Everest in Spring
Oiarzabal, "To the Edge
of The Impossible" or AL FILO DE LO IMPOSIBLE in Spanish: Expedition to recreate the ascent of 1924 of Mallory
and Irvine of Everest. This expedition is already underway.
Canadian Expeditions on Everest in Spring 2000
Hoyland's Lecture "Unraveling the Mystery of George Mallory" in the Baird
Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History.
EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Adventure
Consultants for Everest Spring 2000
Does Not Count for Records
ALAN HINKES TARGETS THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD,
KANGCHENJUNGA AS TWELFTH MOUNTAIN ON HIS CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE BRITISH RECORD
EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe for
Everest Spring 2000
Climber to attempt the Messner route on Everest
Change of Guard at the Khumbu Ice Fall
Hoyland and the BBC returns to Everest in Spring 2000 insearch of the camera and Irvine.
headed to Everest Base Camp
Hemmleb Q&A Part 7
climber plans to spend the night on the Summit
Climbers prepare for Everest